Top tier DA officials to brief media on spy tapes

2016-02-29 07:16
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Durban – The Democratic Alliance will on Monday brief media on the status of the so-called "spy tapes"  saga ahead of arguments due to be made before the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday.

The DA's top tier, including chairperson of the Federal Executive James Selfe, shadow minister of justice Glynnis Breytenbach and DA national spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme are expected at the briefing.

It is expected to focus on the dropping of the 783 charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering against President Jacob Zuma.

The tapes have dogged Zuma’s political career from when he was an MEC in KwaZulu-Natal, to his removal as deputy president, and finally his ascendancy to president.

Spy tapes

The DA believes the tapes contain enough information to proceed with a review application of the decision to drop the charges.

The DA was handed the spy tapes in 2014 after the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the National Prosecuting Autority (NPA) had to comply with a previous order to release the tapes. Zuma opposed the move.

The tapes, containing recorded phone conversations, allegedly revealed collusion between the former head of the directorate of special operations - the now defunct Scorpions - Leonard McCarthy, and the NPA's former head Bulelani Ngcuka to manipulate the prosecution of Zuma before the ANC's Polokwane conference in 2007.

The charges related to his allegedly receiving a bribe from an arms company via his former financial adviser Schabir Shaik. Shaik was convicted of corruption and is on medical parole.

Zuma was elected ANC president at the conference. Former president Thabo Mbeki had been a contender for another term and the contest for the top position caused rifts in the party. The Scorpions were also disbanded.

The corruption charges were dropped shortly before Zuma was sworn in as president in 2009.

Then acting national director of public prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe claimed the tapes revealed a political conspiracy against Zuma and so the case could not continue.

Read more on:    da  |  npa  |  anc  |  jacob zuma  |  mokotedi mpshe  |  glynnis breytenbach  |  james selfe  |  zuma spy tapes  |  politics

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