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Zuma’s appeal in spy tapes case could unfold in Supreme Court of Appeal soon

A full bench of the PTA High Court last year set aside the 2009 decision to drop the 783 charges against President Jacob Zuma.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The next chapter in the long-running spy tapes case involving President Jacob Zuma and the 783 charges against him could unfold in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in a matter of months.

Both Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) are appealing the decision of a full bench of the North Gauteng High Court which last year set aside the 2009 decision to drop the charges against the president.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the SCA has now directed that the arguments by Zuma and the NPA be consolidated into a single hearing.

The party’s federal executive chairperson James Selfe said: “We’ve now got a timeline from the Supreme Court of Appeal, which means with a little bit of luck and good management, this appeal could be heard in the third quarter of this year – which would be very good news for us because this case has now been going on for over eight years.”

In a unanimous decision, the High Court last year found that the decision to drop the charges against Zuma was irrational and set it aside.

The DA says the SCA has now directed that both appeals be consolidated into a single hearing.

Selfe said: “We really do now see light at the end of the tunnel. We believe that faced with a very emphatic and unanimous decision of a full bench of the Pretoria High Court, the SCA is unlikely to be swayed by other arguments or to come to different conclusions.”

The party began its lengthy legal battle – which was dubbed the spy tapes case – after then acting NPA boss Mokotedi Mpshe dropped the charges in 2009 based on evidence in secret recordings that suggested the prosecution’s timing was being manipulated.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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