Spy tapes appeal: Judgment reserved

Bloemfontein - Judgement has been reserved in the appeal against the release of the so-called spy tapes, the Supreme Court of Appeal said on Friday.

If the parties can't come to an agreement by 16:00 on 22 August, the original order will stand.

President Jacob Zuma’s lawyers conceded earlier on Friday that there was no legal basis to keep the so-called spy tapes secret.

Zuma’s lawyers were appealing against a North Gauteng High Court decision ordering the NPA to hand over a copy of the tapes, Sapa reported.

In papers filed at the SCA, Zuma argues his vigilance in the matter is because the Democratic Alliance is the entity seeking disclosure.

He said that he wanted to keep his communications with the NPA in the so-called spy tapes case secret because the DA could use it against him.

The tapes, transcripts, and other documents, relate to a decision the NPA took in 2009 to drop corruption charges against Zuma.

In papers filed as part of the appeal, Zuma maintains his representations to the NPA were made on a confidential basis.

Zuma contends that as president, political leader, and member of the African National Congress, he would be the DA's natural target.

The DA in response will ask the SCA to decide whether the high court order forcing the NPA to give a copy of the tapes to the court registrar was appealable.

The high court held, in granting leave to appeal its order, that the parties had different interpretations of the order.

The matter required the SCA to decide on the final interpretations, the court said.

John Stoltz 2014/08/15 12:00:41 PM
Only if JZ is not guilty of any sinister actions, will he accept the Judge's decision and reveal the tapes. However, if he has something to hide, he will appeal that ruling with a vengeance!! So let's wait and see!!!
Nachos Gracious Maifo 2014/08/15 12:03:47 PM
eash this madala,i dnt wanna comment with swearing words here cos m tired of comment with them. the wrong doers keeps on doing what they r doing and get away with it. who am i to swear someone who law does not apply to!!! thr is no use
James Andrew Holeson 2014/08/15 12:04:18 PM
I suspect old JZ has turned SA into a corrupt, cover-your-ass, benana republic...
Hank Thetank 2014/08/15 12:07:26 PM
The man is rotten to the core Problem is there is another munkey waiting to take his place that will be even worse than him So is the ANC.....
Nicholas von Stein 2014/08/15 12:07:53 PM
Corruption exists everywhere, but its so blatant here, JZ doing what he does best to the detriment of everyone else
Kobus Hattingh 2014/08/15 12:09:09 PM
We already officialy became a Banana Republic the day the ANC took over. FACT!
Musa KamaShobane 2014/08/15 12:09:43 PM
Natural target ?? Zuma ? Oh please full the illiterates if you think your organisation is also not concerned about the release of the tapes
Made-In SA 2014/08/15 12:12:39 PM
In a recent edition of the investigating newspaper on Fridays,i read an interesting article of exactly what the spytapes were. They were the result of a full blown SAPS Crime Intelligence operation,dating back to 2003,called Operation Destroy Lucifer,targeting around 45 people in the NPA and Scorpions like Leonard McCarthy and Gerrie Nel. Another interesting fact is that a former commander of Crime Intelligence,Mulangi Mphegho,at one point in the endless prosecutoral wars stated under oath that these phone intercepts reveal that the NDPP who decided not to charge Number One,Mokotedi Mpshe, had an affair with a prosecutor in Kimberley and that he alledgedly approved fraudulent travel claims by her in order to pursue the relationship with him.Nice blackmailing material don't you think? Mpshe is still an acting judge in the Land Claims court 4 years after he left the post of NDPP and has never appeared before the Judicial Services Commission,where difficult questions can be asked. In that article it is also clearly stated that Mpegho in 2007 approved an application to conduct phone and electronic intercepts of 6 targets on the basis that they are drug suspects.One of that suspects was Leonard McCarthy. A certain Richard Mdluli also approached a certain Prince Mokotedi,head of the NPA "Integrity" Management Unit in September 2007,to ask for help in his investigation of Gerrie Nel,Mokotedi referred him to a certain Nomgcobo Jiba
Khuliso Mutsha 2014/08/15 12:21:51 PM
How much money DA has spent trying to fight the president?, I think that money exceed money they have spent on the poor. And yet this is the party that claims to have interest of the poorest of the poor in this country.
Thobani Tabata 2014/08/15 12:25:11 PM
How are things ending up in International Criminal Court? 'cause I'd lost my faith and trust in this ZANC Justice System.