It is clear President Jacob Zuma’s lawyers know the so-called spy tapes could be damaging and do not want them to get out, the DA said on Wednesday.
“If this is correct, it will prove our contention that the decision to drop the charges against Mr Zuma was irrational and unlawful,” DA MP, James Selfe, said.
Tuesday was the deadline for responses to the DA’s heads of argument on January 21, compelling the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to hand over the reduced record.
The NPA and Zuma’s lawyers failed to submit heads of argument by the close of business on Tuesday.
Selfe said the DA was informed by the office of the State Attorney late on Tuesday that it was unable to meet the deadline.
“This has further delayed the DA’s quest to discover the truth about this case,” he said.
The NPA could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.
The DA rejected the argument by Zuma’s lawyer Michael Hulley that submissions made by Zuma were confidential. Selfe said: “Our heads of argument make it clear that the tapes were given to the NPA by the National Intelligence Agency and not by Mr Zuma’s legal team, and that they cannot, therefore, be privileged.” – Sapa