DA questions origin of spy tapes

2014-08-04 11:17

Johannesburg - Former crime intelligence head Mulangi Mphego's concerns over the veracity of secret recordings of conversations that led to corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma being withdrawn, strengthens the case for them to be made public, the DA said on Monday.

"This further enforces our position that the tapes must be revealed and that the truth behind the dropping of charges against Zuma must be made known," said Democratic Alliance spokesperson James Selfe.

"This calls into question whether the tapes, used by former national director of public prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe as reason to drop over 700 charges of fraud and corruption against Zuma, are genuine articles," Selfe said in a statement, following a newspaper report on Sunday.

"It also calls into question where the tapes originate from, and who was responsible for their recording. If the tapes are not genuine, or did not emanate from the correct spy agencies, they would be inadmissible in support of Mpshe’s decision on the Zuma charges."

Political interference

The DA was reacting to a report in The Sunday Independent, which quoted Mphego as saying the spy tapes Mpshe listened to could not have come from national crime intelligence.

"I listened to all the tapes. I was surprised when I saw Mpshe on TV stating the reasons for dropping the charges," Mphego told the newspaper.

"I was shocked because I could not reconcile what he was saying with what I knew [about the content of the tapes]".

Mpshe took the decision to terminate the corruption case against Zuma in April 2009, paving the way for him to become president.

At the time, Mpshe suggested that certain tapes containing communication intercepts had disclosed evidence of political interference in Zuma's case.

Mphego - who headed up crime intelligence at the time the "spy tapes" scandal erupted - said the tapes Mpshe cited, in making his decision to drop the charges, could not have come from crime intelligence.

"The tapes that he [Mpshe] is referring to, are not the tapes I listened to. I'm very firm on that," he said.

Different tapes?

Mpshe told the newspaper he could not be certain Mphego listened to the same tapes he had, since he had left them at the National Intelligence Agency.

"I was not with him [Mphego] when I listened to them. Neither did I discuss it with him. How do I know we listened to the same tapes?"

Mpshe argued that Mphego's comments could also have arisen out of different interpretations of the tapes' content.

Mpshe said he continued to believe his decision at the time to drop charges was the correct one.

The DA has already obtained an order from the North Gauteng High Court ordering the NPA to hand over a copy of certain tapes.

Zuma is appealing the decision.

The matter will be heard in the Supreme Court of Appeal on August 15.

  • Jack Tig - 2014-08-04 11:21

    Please leave Zuma alone already. I blame DA when his health gets bad. We are over this!!!

      Jack Tig - 2014-08-04 11:24

      We are over Nkandla and all the scandals. We just want to move forward. And everyone would have also organized a top job for their family members if they were also president. So drop it!!!

      merkwaardig - 2014-08-04 11:30

      This is like a silly skit from SNL: The only amount of political interference that exceeds that allegedly involved in charging Zuma, is the amount of political interference involved to DROP the charges. This would be hilarious if it was not so blatant and disrespectful of SA citizens.

      Douglas Ross - 2014-08-04 11:34

      So in your mind corruption is ok, as long as its dragged out enough until everybody gets bored of hearing about it? I agree it is acceptable to use contacts to get high paying positions, but not in the public sector. If a private companies ceo wants to hire his family members then that's his problem, if they fail who cares. But if a government official fails the country suffers

      Lucky Luke - 2014-08-04 11:39

      you can only be a beneficiary of this mans deceit and corruption because the man you are supporting is stealing the lives of millions of SA citizens, yes stealing their lives, criminal, thief and outright liar.

      Iszi Doe - 2014-08-04 11:39

      Baah baah bAAH!

      Havalarf Allday - 2014-08-04 11:43

      Corruption and related Cr@p does not just go away. Unfortunately there are still many unanswered questions and it is time that the head of state answer and pay the price for his wrong doings. So maybe you are over this, most of us aren't. Forgive and Forget not working. Crime, fraud, corruption etc etc cannot just be packed away I am afraid.

      Mandy Pepler - 2014-08-04 12:09

      Jack Tig your comments suggest that you support corruption, this is the president of a country we are discussing and it effects you too. If the DA do not follow up on this crook who else will, that's what they are there for, they are doing their job as the opposition party should. I hope all criminal charges against this embarrassing president sends him straight to jail where he belongs.

      William MacFarlane - 2014-08-04 12:09

      Are you so stupid or indoctrinated as to believe that zuma is not corrupt .

      Morne Claassen - 2014-08-04 12:26

      When will News24 ban this troll - Jack Tig (tick) - or do they enjoy and even encourage him to talk crap here and work people up??

      Deon Louw - 2014-08-04 12:30

      Another 5 years for Zuma is 5 too many.

      Yin Yang - 2014-08-04 13:18

      Keep on digging the end the truth always comes out!!! We all know what the truth is...

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-08-04 14:02

      Jack Tig, we realise that children like you these days have short attention spans, but you can not move on to the other side of the river until you complete building the bridge. We all want to move on. And I am sure at the minimum cost to the citizens of the country. But we would like to move on knowing that justice has won the day and the perpetrators have been dealt with in an appropriate manner !

      Julian Edward Frost - 2014-08-04 14:56

      Anthony UselessDA aka Morphing Troll: The ANC is not making South Africa better. They are looting it for their own benefit and running it into the ground through their corruption and incompetence. The DA is not merely surviving, it is thriving. Its share of the vote has increased in every election since 1994. But then, you are a fool and a liar.

      Made-In SA - 2014-08-04 21:07

      The spy tapes,if they exist,was made by Mdluli.That is why Jiba protected him from prosecution.The lies can not last forever.

      Djembe Ndebele - 2014-08-04 21:25

      They will never leave him alone, they are jealous.

  • Andrew Mackie - 2014-08-04 11:22

    Maybe the chickens are coming home to roost at long last. Time will tell.

      RabbleRouser - 2014-08-04 11:43

      Maybe there were never any tapes to begin with. The whole thing could have been a elaborate hoax.

      DerekMain - 2014-08-04 12:44

      I agree with you RabbleRouser - there were never any spy tapes - this was all just a ruse to get JZ783 off his charges . That is why they cannot and never will hand over the spy tapes. THEY DON'T EXIST! JZ783 & Mpshe must be sent to jail for subverting justice like this. They take us all for fools. Phansi cANCer, phansi!!!

  • Phylly Tybelt - 2014-08-04 11:24

    Can I be a President for a week please,disgusted by what this country turned to be ??????

      Jack Tig - 2014-08-04 11:26


      WG Morgan - 2014-08-04 14:22

      If I make my own "spy tapes" can I be president? Captain Morgan for President!!

      Made-In SA - 2014-08-04 21:14

      There must also be an enquiry into Adv Nomgcobo Jiba,Adv Lawrence Mrwebi and Adv Moipone Noko,PDPP in Kwazulu Natal. They are the ANC team players in the NPA. Adv Jiba and Mrwebi were the ones who shielded Mdluli from prosecution against fraud charges,for defrauding the SAPS secret account out of millions of rands. Jiba also had Adv Gerrie Nel arrested to thwart him with going ahead with the arrest of Jackie Selebi.She also owes Number One big time,because Number One expunged the criminal record of her husband Booker Nhantsi,and he was appointed to a government job after that. Adv Noko and Mrwebi also decided not to go ahead with charges against Peggy Nkonyeni and Mike Mbuyakhulu,MEC members of the ANC in Kwazulu Natal,in the Gaston Savoi "Amigos" case in KZN,although the previous acting PDPP in KZN,Adv Mlotschwa,felt there was a case to be answered by Nkonyeni and Mbhuyakhulu.In fact Mlotschwa was removed,and replaced with Noko,simply because of this case. Noko also withdrew the case against Thoshan Panday,and colonel Navin Madhoe,from the SAPS in KZN,who tried to bribe Genl Johan Booysen with R2 Million.Thoshan Panday is a highly connected individual and a business partner of Edward Zuma,son of Number One. Noko also dropped the case against tenderpreneur Shawn Mpisane.

  • Colbern Mashego - 2014-08-04 11:25

    Mphego you are dreaming you were listening to your own tapes which is not related to the ones their are talking about you just need attention you are so boring o ya phapa

  • Mouna Cox - 2014-08-04 11:54

    mhmmm Mphego hope uv fixed ur life insurance as the anc criminals will hack u before the end of ds year and it will be left to the "crime SA" titles when actually its related to your coming out....togeda we all can combat crime and fraud, eish!!!

  • Zilindile Gagule - 2014-08-04 12:48

    After 07/05/2014 Judge Mogoeng Mogoeng did say the justice of South Africa need to be independent,now the truth of his statement seems to be reveal by the former spy boss now is the time for Mokotedi Mpshe to tell the people the truth.As long ANC keep on appointing its own heavy weight criminals to be ministers of justice nothing will come right.

  • Phalo Yem Yem Togu - 2014-08-04 12:48

    Zuma is now showing signs of being sick. If he is charged and found guilty for anything. He'll be more sick and beout on a parole. I was disgusted by Mpshe when he dropped the charges. Please DA keep pressing for these

  • Chris du Plessis - 2014-08-04 12:53

    JACK do you know wat JACK stands for??????

  • Zolisa Dlokovu - 2014-08-04 13:02

    Lets hope that the supreme court of appeal will rule in favour of the official opposition. Lets us also hope that Pres Jacob Zuma will respect the decision of the court

  • Maru Sebata - 2014-08-04 13:49

    If this things r true , Zuma shd not be allowed to institute Commission of Enquiry to test Nxasana's suitability ! Eishhhh!!!!!! Oh South Africa , my beloved motherland ! Wht is this !!!!! U don't hv 2 be DA or ANC 2 establish th truth ! MDHLULI MST BE CHARGED CRIMINALLY & the rest !!'

  • Truth.speak - 2014-08-04 19:40

    If the tapes show genuine political interference, why is JZ the brain surgeon fighting to the end of the earth to keep them hidden? Surely releasing them is in his favour.

  • Made-In SA - 2014-08-04 21:09

    The spy tapes,if they exist,was made by Mdluli.That is why Jiba protected him from prosecution.The lies can not last forever.

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