Judge Ngoepe denies 'spy tapes' talk

2012-10-31 22:18

Johannesburg - Retiring Gauteng judge president Bernard Ngoepe has denied discussing the release of tapes in the possession of the NPA with reporters, the office of the chief justice said.

Ngoepe had given an interview to media and was asked about the problem of government institutions not complying with court orders, the office said in a statement on Wednesday.

"During the interview... Ngoepe was never asked anything about the National Prosecuting Authority at all," it said.

"At no stage, was [he] asked about a specific case, let alone the so-called 'spy tapes'."

The office of the chief justice said if Ngoepe had been asked about the NPA spy tapes, he would have declined to respond as the issue was pending before the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

The Sowetan reported on Wednesday that Ngoepe had criticised the NPA for not releasing the tapes in an interview.

Disputing this, the office of the chief justice said the interview was recorded. It maintained the NPA was not mentioned or the spy tapes referenced.

The office noted that Ngoepe's alleged remarks on the spy tapes did not appear in other media reports, suggesting the Sowetan was in error.

"The report is therefore a distortion, and it is misleading. It is objectionable in the extreme because it portrays the judge president as having commented on a case which is pending before his court, something that he would never do."

The Supreme Court of Appeal ruled in March that the NPA needed to release reduced transcripts of the tapes to the Democratic Alliance.

The NPA has said this was contingent on President Jacob Zuma's lawyers not objecting on the grounds of confidentiality. Zuma's lawyers objected.

  • SharonE - 2012-10-31 23:03

    First the story breaks, then the inevitable denial. It is so regular you can set your watch to it!!!!

      mlungisi.magada - 2012-11-01 10:46

      Why is the story only in the Sowetan?The other media was there and would have reported on it as well.You swallow everything and will choke on it one day.

  • sminx.r.mandla - 2012-10-31 23:26

    And the saga continues, step on the Showerhead's toes and lose your retirement benefits!!

  • thulanit3 - 2012-11-01 00:03

    Mxm, media fabrications.

      JAbu.R15 - 2012-11-01 07:17

      it looks like more of being scared to stand for what you uttered before! Maybe they told him you are retiring and you wont be called to stand in as judge in enquiry because you are now standing against the big guy

  • eddy.deepfield - 2012-11-01 05:48

    The NPA has said this was contingent on President Jacob Zuma's lawyers not objecting on the grounds of confidentiality. Zuma's lawyers objected. ... That says it all. Why would they object if Zuma WAS innocent. Guilty till proven innocent! If there was true justice Zuma would be impeached. The NPA is a joke and the laughing stock of the world. Zuma is guilty as sin a blind man can see that.

  • david.diego.14 - 2012-11-01 06:29

    Those thief they promise to kill judge Ngoepe if he continue to press button to the NPA to release spy tapes,why those thief refuse to release spy tapes!!!

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-11-01 07:57

      Mohau you understood what David said. Get off your high horse. This is a forum to people to air their views, not some english class. You must stop thinking you are on Mixit too and write properly before accusing others.

  • JAbu.R15 - 2012-11-01 07:15

    First it was Mbalula now the judge; what is with these people always going back on their words when it comes to Zuma!

  • wjdladla - 2012-11-01 10:51

    It is a shame that daily we read newspapers and other stories from social networks and comments and only be told the next day that the story was not what was reported. The standard of journalism have gone to the the gutters. I could not believe my eyes this morning when I read the Sowetan, the same paper that reported the story yesterday, that Judge Ngoepe never mentioned the spy-tape saga. Where on earth then did the journalist get that? Are we always duped by these newspapers? What is our recourse?

  • wackidmaledu - 2012-11-01 15:26


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