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Analyst: Zuma's spy tapes not confidential

A legal analyst says confidentiality claims by Jacob Zuma’s lawyers to release his spy tapes are baseless.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A legal analyst on Sunday said there were no grounds for Jacob Zuma's legal team to object to the release of spy tapes involving the president on the basis of confidentiality.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is currently embroiled in a legal battle for the release of the tapes.

The tapes formed the base of a decision which was taken by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to drop corruption charges against Zuma in 2009.

The NPA insists the DA will only receive the tapes after Zuma's legal team approves a revised copy.

Legal analyst Paul Hoffman said the confidentiality claim is baseless.

"There is no basis on which confidentiality can be claimed in respect of what are clearly stolen tapes."

He said that confidentiality cannot be attached to stolen property.

"The tapes belong to the State and not to Jacob Zuma."