Hofmeyr seeks Zuma tapes

2012-01-19 12:07

Johannesburg - Willie Hofmeyr, the former head of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), has written to the Office for Interception Centres asking for its help in obtaining a copy of the 2007 tapes that led to corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma being dropped, The Times reported on Tuesday.

In a confidential letter to the centre's director Brian Koopedi, dated November 2, Hofmeyr asks for confirmation that the centre still has recordings of the intercepted telephone conversations.

They allegedly demonstrate secret connivance between Hofmeyr's axed former deputy Faiek Davids and former Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy.

"I would appreciate your guidance on how the SIU can obtain a copy of the recording. I appreciate that an intercept of this nature will be classified," Hofmeyr wrote.

Davids was fired by Hofmeyr in November 2010 because of what was described as a breakdown in trust and in their professional relationship.

Hofmeyr's letter follows a ruling by Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) commissioner Bart Ford on September 27 last year.

Spy tapes and intercepts

He found that the Zuma spy tapes and intercepts of the conversations between Davids and McCarthy were obtained in contravention of the Regulation of Interception of Communication Act.

The CCMA matter related to Davids' sacking.

Hofmeyr has lodged an application with the Johannesburg Labour Court to have Ford's ruling reviewed and set aside.

During the CCMA hearing, Hofmeyr said he and National Prosecuting Authority advocate Sibongile Mzinyathi had listened to tapes given to them by Zuma's lawyer Michael Hulley in 2009, but that they did not receive copies.

The Times reported that central to the recordings was a telephone conversation Davids was alleged to have had with McCarthy about the ANC's leadership battle. That conversation led to Davids' sacking.

In the run-up to the dropping of charges against Zuma, his allies claimed that the corruption charges were a conspiracy to take him out of the running for presidency.

  • Mike - 2012-01-19 12:48

    You want a copy of which version? By whom? You must be joking!!!

      tbooze - 2012-01-19 12:59

      ANCYL is behind this ,they are striking back .........things will b getting interesting soon

  • manZubra - 2012-01-19 13:02

    so what,

  • Fenderbender - 2012-01-19 13:06

    If you find those tapes you will find Jimmy Hoffa

      George - 2012-01-19 14:27

      Those tapes were on the 2nd plane that followed jz and are in the canery ilands now

  • Ziggie - 2012-01-19 13:17

    Willie, get a bullet proof jacket boet!!, or you will be another Kebble, I hope you are successful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • E=MC2 - 2012-01-19 13:28

    Willie for president!

  • Bonjo - 2012-01-19 13:41

    Phew, for a minute there I thought it was Steve that was after Zuma's tape...

      Dane - 2012-01-19 13:45


      trix.duvenage - 2012-01-21 18:57

      Yip My sentiments exactly.... Steve has a better chance to get the tapes [being a tape [CD] man himself....] but then, that is if Steve does not get to Zuma's twenty wives firstly.....

  • Trevor - 2012-01-19 13:43

    LOL..and Zuma put Shabir Shaiks brother Mo Shaik in as head of Intelligence when Shabir recieved the "medical Parole" because he was how is Golf Shabir, years later??? you think those tapes or ANY incriminating evidence is still left...???...EVERYONE has forgotten that officially it was stated by the ANC that to persue charges against Zuma would de-stabilise the country and for the "benefit" of SA, the charges would be dropped and he would become President...I LAUGH MY ASS OFF Mbeki becoms President again........Willie, you gonna get fired and replaced with a "Yebo Comrade"!!

      SarelJBotha - 2012-01-19 14:34

      I hate to admit this, but I would rather see Mbeki back as president, than any of the lot that is no in office. Hopefully if this happens, he will show that he has learnt from his experiences that he cannot trust his own people and that this world is past looking at the ANC in a goodie two shoes way.

  • markus.botha - 2012-01-19 14:00

    Why are there acts which defend criminals.

      Hunter - 2012-01-19 14:38

      Markus, because criminals rule the country.

  • Maximus Odinidus - 2012-01-19 14:26

    I for one would love to hear what's on those tapes. From what I have learned about our justice system it seems that one only has to make a counter accusation to get the charges dropped

  • lerumo.mkhonto - 2012-01-19 14:42

    I do not understand what is the furore about the tapes. They will serve to exonerate Zuma and help him to press on with the arms deal probe in the knowledge that the public will have realised that his role was minuscule in the arms deal process. We have got to get to the big fish if we are going to make any dent on corruption in this country.

      Ziggie - 2012-01-19 15:02

      minuscule or not does not make a lesser criminal!!!

      john.a.swart - 2012-01-20 08:42

      Big Fish or Small Fish - it doesn't matter!! If you benefit in any way from corruption you are part of it and therefore guilty. People have been fired from their jobs for stealing stationery! Theft is theft no matter what and there are consequences that should at least involve getting fired from your job even if you don't go to jail. The Shaik evidence suggests that JZ was a player - if this can now be proven in court, let JZ take the consequences

      Graham - 2012-01-20 11:40

      If Zuma is not the big fish who is? He's the biggest fish in the pond at present!

  • Leon - 2012-01-19 15:50

    Get him Willie. Shabir guilty for being in a corrupt relationship with Zuma; but Zuma not guilty??? Nail him!!!

      Xenswim1 - 2012-01-19 17:18

      The funny thing is the Shaiks are still keeping stum. Just shows what it means to be a discplined cadre and not put the party before the country and its people.

  • Vusi - 2012-01-20 07:47

    maybe there are porn movies!

  • Truth24 - 2012-01-20 09:58

    first zuma fires you and NOW... you want the tapes?

  • Nicholas - 2012-01-20 10:51

    In a "confidential" letter ....can't be that confidential if we are all reading about it. Funny how all these things come to the surface when someone is either aggrieved or wants to get back at someone. Never for the greater good of the country!

  • trix.duvenage - 2012-01-21 18:52

    Bit late now I guess What a shame if this whole thing starts over and Zuma gets jailed What about the support for all his wives and children? No.... let it rest....our POOR PRESIDENT!!!!!

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