DA to analyse Zuma spy tapes 'very carefully'

Bloemfontein - The so-called Zuma spy tapes and the decision to drop corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma will be thoroughly reviewed, DA leader Helen Zille said on Thursday.

"We will be analysing those tapes very carefully and cross-checking them to make sure as far as possible that they are authentic," she said in Bloemfontein after the Supreme Court of Appeal ordered the release of the recordings.

"We are now reaching the end... in this matter. Now that we have these records we will proceed with the review of the NPA’s decision to drop the charges against Jacob Zuma."

'None of us is above the law'

She said Zuma and his "network" had hijacked the South African judiciary, and the SCA's decision was a victory for the country's constitutional democracy.

"We are all equal before the law. None of us is above the law. 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."

She said the court's decision was encouraging.

"Today the courts, as the ultimate guardian of our democracy, have acted to stop the capture of another institution, the National Prosecuting Authority, by the president and his clique inside the ANC," she said.

"They must know that their actions are subject to review by the courts and that although the wheels of justice grind slowly they still grind exceedingly fine."

'Give us the tapes'

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

"Today we can feel reassured that the institutions tasked to protect our democracy are very much alive and well. As long as we have an independent judiciary that is prepared to hand down court orders such as this one today we are still standing and we are still fighting," said Zille.

The court ruled that within five days, the NPA had to comply with a previous 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.

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.

Political gain

The tapes 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 could not continue.

The DA applied for access to the recordings 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.

Marc Colin 2014/08/28 12:21:40 PM
Let's catch a thief......
mmmmTim 2014/08/28 12:23:30 PM
If the NPA were beyond reproach, they should be the ones analyzing the tapes, because the outcome will be the reinstatement of the charges against Zuma, judging by his efforts to avoid handing them over and the manipulation of the NPA. This is a judicial outcome and the part that politics has played has been to achieve the judicial result.
Lizelle Scholtemeyer 2014/08/28 12:26:16 PM
The funny is, our president has criminal charges against him..Our we just going to follow?
Auspicious Ndaba Sekoloni 2014/08/28 12:28:03 PM
Is he back yet 4rom russia i think once he touches down here he will be admitted to hospital due to heart attack or smthng
Khuliso Mutsha 2014/08/28 12:29:56 PM
What is NPA resfuses to release them?
Cynical Heathen 2014/08/28 12:31:29 PM
I think Zuma is going to have to catch something terminal to stay out of jail. He showered to prevent AIDS so that's out the window but maybe he has brain cancer. It would explain a lot
Mthandazo Mk Nkiwane 2014/08/28 12:34:13 PM
wasting ur time and ur money.
Celeste Kong 2014/08/28 12:36:07 PM
Maybe a trip to Liberia?
Louis Van Den Elst 2014/08/28 12:36:31 PM
To many accusations agains Zume. I wonder if he will now also become to ill to go to jail ?
mmmmTim 2014/08/28 12:41:28 PM
I will be amazed if they do not hand over a sanitised version and only partially comply with the court order. These tapes and documents will have been thoroughly checked and edited to avoid any blame. Although the substance of why they decided not to prosecute still has to be there, so maybe I could be wrong.