Spy tapes: NPA deadline looms

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IOL pic sep4 helen zille sca spy tapes deadline Independent Newspapers DA leader Helen Zille will be in Pretoria on Thursday for the handover of the so-called spy tapes. File picture: Brenton Geach

Johannesburg -

DA leader Helen Zille will be in Pretoria on Thursday for the deadline of the handing over of the so-called “spy tapes”.

Democratic Alliance supporters were expected to gather outside the Pretoria High Court at noon, where Zille would announce the status of the handover.

She would be accompanied by DA Gauteng leader John Moodey, Gauteng north chairman Solly Msimanga and national spokespersons Marius Redelinghuys and Phumzile van Damme.

Last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that within five days the National Prosecuting Authority had to comply with a previous order, in an application brought by the DA, to release the tapes.

President Jacob Zuma had opposed the move.

The 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.

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. - Sapa



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