Zuma has hijacked the judiciary - Zille

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma and his "network" have hijacked the judiciary, DA leader Helen Zille said after the Supreme Court of Appeal ordered the release of the so-called Zuma spy tapes on Thursday.

"We are all equal before the law. None of us is above the law," she told a crowd outside the court in Bloemfontein, which earlier dismissed Zuma's application to prevent their release.

"The court systems are being hijacked by politicians like Zuma and his network... If anybody is suspected of a crime and if there is a case to be made that person must have his day in court whether that person is a president or a pauper."

'Give us the tapes'

The crowd, dressed in blue, chanted "Give us the tapes".

The court ruled that 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.

Zuma's legal team had argued in the latest application that the DA would use them against him for political gain.

Freddie Miller 2014/08/28 11:36:01 AM
Pay back the money and go directly to jail, do not pass begin, do not collect more bribes, just go to jail and rot there.
proudlysa 2014/08/28 11:36:05 AM
Well done, DA. Just keep up the good work and more and more South Africans will see the DA is the only party that can guarantee a better life for all through hard work and honesty. No need to break down and belittle like some others do. Here we come, 2016!!!
Akhenaten 2014/08/28 11:36:08 AM
Reading the News one gets the impression that he has also hi-jacked S. Africa.
David Luis 2014/08/28 11:36:17 AM
No Zoomer, the tapes will be used to put you where you belong. in Jail.
Shadrack Bo Xadi Mashele 2014/08/28 11:40:18 AM
Is the high time all South Africans to unite and fight corruptions, this is not a DA or EFF matter only, we all need to stand together and stop this monster who think is above the law....Zuma should go to jail
Janine Filmer 2014/08/28 11:40:37 AM
Thank you Madam Zille and the DA!
kitneyi 2014/08/28 11:42:40 AM
I doubt that those tapes are going to be the original un-edited version... maybe I am just a pessimist...
Kobus Hattingh 2014/08/28 11:44:08 AM
I suggest turning Nkandla in a correctional facility and use his own bunker as his cell. :)
Brown Hair 2014/08/28 11:44:46 AM
Anyone that is counting on true justice in south Africa is dreaming. or judiciary had been replaced by a bunch of yes men. it's what the ANC claims is democracy but the Rest of the world and ourselves know as cleptocracy.
June Francis 2014/08/28 11:45:58 AM
What political conspiracy against Zuma ? If there is nothing to hide then everyone should be able to view the Tapes. Show us the Tapes and Pay back the Money.