Zille: Spy tapes ruling important for democracy

Bloemfontein - DA leader Helen Zille on Thursday lauded the Supreme Court of Appeal order that the so-called "spy tapes" be released, after opposition by President Jacob Zuma.

"This is one of the most important days in the history of our democracy," Zille said on the steps of the SCA in Bloemfontein after the order was made on Thursday.

Within five days, the National Prosecuting Authority must comply with a previous court order, in an application brought by the Democratic Alliance, to release the tapes.

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

Conversations on the recordings were cited as a reason to drop fraud and corruption charges against Zuma, shortly before he was sworn in as president in 2009.

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

The DA applied for access to the tapes and in spite of winning previous court cases could not obtain them.

Phalo Yem Yem Togu 2014-08-28 10:55:30 AM
Now what from here?
CraigJoseph 2014-08-28 10:55:54 AM
Getting rid of Jacob Zuma is also good for democracy. Well done DA!
Akhenaten 2014-08-28 10:56:33 AM
Definitely is. The day that this man is found guilty and sentenced will be even more important and a great relief.
Jurgen Hartmann 2014-08-28 11:00:38 AM
This saga, together with the backstabbing of his old ally Malema, shows just what kind of lowlife Showerhead is. Ignore court orders, back stab your closest supporters, steal tax money for your chicken run, pervert the organs of justice, it's all in a day's work for Mr Butterbean Head.
Kamohelo Moshodi 2014-08-28 11:01:54 AM
Zille you are fighting a lossing battle dear boooma is above the law he is the one who make an break them.I support who ever is against zanc and booma
Richard 2014-08-28 11:03:20 AM
Zille has been very quite recently. Glad to hear from her.
Danie Nel 2014-08-28 11:03:48 AM
Die kans dat daar nie met die "tapes" gepeuter is nie is absoluut zero.
Venicia Williams 2014-08-28 11:05:55 AM
Should be send to forensics first, to detect any interferences...we want the TRUTH to be revealed and the end of zuma's rule...
Lima 2014-08-28 11:06:17 AM
Super criminal will evade jail
Skosana Mafika 2014-08-28 11:06:44 AM
Ayaye shower man.