Zuma spy tapes: DA’s R10m battle pays off

Johannesburg - The handover of the spy tapes to the Democratic Alliance was delayed by an hour today, but the tapes were finally handed over to the party’s leader, Helen Zille, this afternoon.

The delay came after North Gauteng High Court deputy judge president Aubrey Ledwaba asked to view the judgment that was in favour of the DA.

According to Zille, Ledwaba wanted to satisfy himself that all processes were followed in accordance with the Supreme Court of Appeal judgment.

Zille was met by more than 150 DA supporters who had gathered at the high court in anticipation of the handover.

In 2009 the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) used the spy tapes as the basis for the withdrawal of corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.

At the time, the NPA agreed with Zuma’s views that a conversation between former NPA boss Bulelani Ngcuka and then Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy was proof that there was a “political conspiracy” against Zuma.

The DA said it wanted to listen to the tapes to see if there was reason to drop the charges against Zuma.

Zille said the party had spent R10m in six court cases in the past five years to get their hands on the so-called spy tapes to prove that the decision to withdraw charges was “political” rather than legal.

Deepandsoulfulhouse DjVido Buka 2014/09/04 05:58:14 PM
So If the tapes contain exactly what led to Zuma's acquittal, it will be R10m of fruitless and wasteful expenditure. For the DA's sake I hope not.
Khuliso Mutsha 2014/09/04 06:00:33 PM
10 million for racism sake, what about the poor that DA claims To care for/ dam!!
Chase Cameron 2014/09/04 06:02:47 PM
Waste of money, the real tapes were probably altered.
Lambert Simango 2014/09/04 06:05:24 PM
Poor DA, l bet ya the EFF was gonna print copies and sell them to the public to fundraise their money back.
Moss Kop 2014/09/04 06:05:52 PM
Money was really wasted. The winners are the lawyers on both side, and they are still going to make it bigtime. The question is: what is the NPA and President Zuma don't want the puplic to know?
Jamill Ahmed 2014/09/04 06:08:27 PM
Helen zille just waisted 10million on blank tapes
Jason Hepple 2014/09/04 06:09:34 PM
Khuliso... Why did Zuma and the ANC force the DA to 6 court cases in order to protect that criminal?? If that is what needs to be spent in order for Zoom-pipe to end in jail then so be it!!! He has cause far more damage than 10milion!!!
Motho Fela 2014/09/04 06:12:04 PM
This is nothing compare to Nkandla, Just hope they DA succeed and Zuma is removed, then the DA should take ANC to court for harbouring a criminal and making it a President.
Zamani Myende 2014/09/04 06:12:32 PM
10 mBuck? B-)
Norma Dunjwa November 2014/09/04 06:12:34 PM
This party is rich nhe!