Zuma spy tapes appeal dismissed

Bloemfontein - The Supreme Court of Appeal on Thursday dismissed President Jacob Zuma's application to prevent the release of the so-called spy tapes.

Within five days, the National Prosecuting Authority must comply with the 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 had to be provided.

Five days

The SCA judgment ordered that the NPA deliver the documents to retired KwaZulu-Natal high court judge Noel Hurt within five days. The court ruled that Hurt had to mark on the documents the places containing Zuma's written or oral representations to the NPA.

The SCA held Hurt's ruling would be final and binding on the parties.

The judgment also provided for the eventuality of Hurt not being able to complete the work. The parties then had to agree on another independent and impartial person to replace him.

If no agreement could be reached the chairperson of the General Council of the Bar would be asked to appoint such a person.

Fraud and corruption charges

Zuma's legal team had contested the fraud and corruption charges which he faced with arms company Thint, through confidential representations submitted to the NPA in February 2009.

These included written and oral submissions, and recordings of conversations between the former heads of the Directorate of Special Operations, the now defunct Scorpions, Leonard McCarthy, and the National Prosecuting Authority's former head Bulelani Ngcuka - dubbed the "spy tapes".

On April 6, 2009, shortly before a national election, then acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe announced that there had been "abuse of process" during the investigations, and they could not continue with the prosecution. Zuma, who had been elected president of the African National Congress at a tumultuous party conference in Polokwane in 2008, became president after the election in 2009.

The DA had previously applied for access to the tapes and despite 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.

Wilhelm Van Niekerk 2014/08/28 09:30:28 AM
Alas !!! Let the truth be told.....
BrandonF 2014/08/28 09:31:10 AM
take that, sunshine. You will have "your day in court" as asked.
Kevin Marsh 2014/08/28 09:32:09 AM
Every thug has his day . In this case quite a few may have their day .
Ken Rowe 2014/08/28 09:32:21 AM
Wonderful News.
Freddie Miller 2014/08/28 09:33:08 AM
Does this criminal ever give up?
Tiisetso Nkalai 2014/08/28 09:33:25 AM
I hope this is the beginning of his end
Wonder Mthonti 2014/08/28 09:34:47 AM
Aw Jacob, you're on fire dude! Best of luck on your second term. Just handover those tapes without delays, the sooner the better.
luckyluke 2014/08/28 09:35:09 AM
Personally I am not going to pop the cork just yet! But I live in hope!!!
Danie Nel 2014/08/28 09:35:43 AM
Kom ons kyk maar wat gebeur. Zuma will find a way.
Clint Hufkie 2014/08/28 09:35:48 AM
i just don't see how this is good news, Zuma has been dodging bullets for a long time now...this just seems like another bullet that he is going to dodge somehow.