Vote DA to teach Zuma lesson - Zille

2014-09-06 14:35
DA leader Helen Zille and Free State party leader Patricia Kopane celebrate the spy tapes appeal ruling in front of the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein. (Andre Grobler, Sapa)

DA leader Helen Zille and Free State party leader Patricia Kopane celebrate the spy tapes appeal ruling in front of the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein. (Andre Grobler, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Residents of Hofmeyr in the Eastern Cape should vote for the Democratic Alliance during upcoming by-elections to teach President Jacob Zuma a lesson, DA leader Helen Zille said on Saturday.

"This town may be small, but it is big enough to teach even the biggest man in South African politics a lesson in this by-election", said Zille.

She told residents in a speech prepared for delivery ahead of the by-election on 17 September that Zuma had still not had his day in court on over 700 counts of corruption.

"All of you here know the game of Phuca that children in this part of the country enjoy so much, you can play forever and still not win. For five years President Zuma played Phuca with the DA trying to stop the release of the Spy Tapes and on Thursday he lost", she said.

"But instead of playing Phuca with stones as it is normally played, he played it with R10m of your money. And now after eventually admitting he had no case, Zuma may finally have to answer to the courts and South Africans on his corruption charges."

Her comments came after the so-called "Spy Tapes" were handed over to the DA on Thursday. She said the DA would use the information as evidence in its review application of the withdrawal of over 700 counts of corruption against Zuma in 2009.

This followed the Supreme Court of Appeal ruling last week that within five days the NPA had to comply with a previous order, in an application brought by the DA, to release the tapes. Zuma had opposed the move.

The recordings, internal memoranda, reports and minutes of meetings dealing with the contents of the recordings had to be provided.

The tapes, containing recorded phone conversations, allegedly reveal collusion between the former heads of the Directorate of Special Operations, the now defunct Scorpions, Leonard McCarthy, and the NPA's former head Bulelani Ngcuka, to manipulate the prosecutorial process before the ANC's Polokwane conference in 2007.

Zuma was elected ANC president at the conference.

At the time, acting NPA boss Mokotedi Mpshe said they showed there was a political conspiracy against Zuma and so the case against him could not continue.

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

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