SCA’s ‘spy tapes’ order due today

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IOL pic aug28 helen zille sca spy tapes Independent Newspapers DA leader Helen Zille

Johannesburg - Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille will be at the Supreme Court of Appeal on Thursday for the handing down of the “spy tapes” court order.

This followed an agreement between legal teams representing the DA, NPA and President Jacob Zuma to release the tapes to the DA and to appoint retired judge Noel Hurt to review and release the records of the NPA’s decision to drop over 700 counts of corruption against Zuma.

The Supreme Court of Appeal would confirm on Thursday whether this agreement would now be made an order of the court.

On August 15, a full bench of the SCA gave Zuma and the DA a chance to resolve their differences with regard to documents in the National Prosecuting Authority's possession involving the tapes.

At the time, the two sides agreed in principle to a third party, a senior legal mind, to be asked to judge what information formed part of the confidential representations of Zuma to the NPA.

In April 2009, then acting NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe withdrew fraud and corruption charges against Zuma.

In March last year, the SCA ordered the NPA to lodge a record, of the documents on which the NPA based their decision, with the registrar of the high court.

The NPA refused to do so on the basis that it contained confidential representations by Zuma.

The High Court in Pretoria then ordered the NPA to adhere to the original order by the SCA for a reduced record of the documents that the DA was looking for. They included the so-called spy tapes.

Zuma appealed against this decision. - Sapa



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