DA to fight for 'Zuma spy tapes'

The DA still doesn’t have the spy types which made the NPA drop charges against Jacob Zuma.

President Jacob Zuma pictured on 16 August 2012. Picture: GCIS/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday said it would continue to fight President Jacob Zuma's attorney in court, over his refusal to hand over the Zuma spy tapes.

In 2009, the tapes were accepted by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) as proof of a political conspiracy against the president, as it dropped corruption charges against him.

But the DA has won a court order compelling Michael Hulley to release the tapes, as it asks for a judicial review of that decision.

The opposition party's federal chairman, James Selfe, said they had consulted with their lawyers and were preparing to fight Zuma's team to get the tapes.

"We do not believe that these tapes are in any way subject to the confidentiality agreement, or are in any other way privileged.

Hulley has claimed he was promised the submissions he gave to the NPA would remain confidential.

But legal experts say he would have to first comply with a court order to release them, and then claim that their contents must be kept secret.