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DA pressures NPA for 'Zuma spy tapes'

DA lawyers claim there is no conceivable basis on why the 'Zuma spy tapes' cannot be released.

The DA’s lawyers claim there is no conceivable basis on which the Zuma spy tapes cannot be released. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG -The Democratic Alliance (DA) are adding pressure on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in relation to the so called 'Zuma spy tapes'.

Eyewitness News has learnt lawyers for the DA have submitted legal documents stating that the onus is on the NPA to prove it is not in contempt of court, by refusing to give the party the 'Zuma spy tapes'.

The documents are part of the DA's case against both the NPA and Zuma for refusing to hand over the recordings.

In 2009, the prosecuting body accepted the recordings as proof of a political conspiracy against Zuma, and dropped corruption charges against him.

In its heads of argument, the DA said it was up to the NPA to prove it was not willfully in contempt of court.

But it said it would be hard for the NPA to prove that as it had not explained why it had failed to comply with an earlier Supreme Court of Appeal order to turn over the tapes.

The NPA has always claimed that Zuma's attorney, Michael Hulley, was given the tapes to decide if he would object to them going to the DA.

Hulley has not yet responded.

DA lawyers said for the NPA to say that silence is an objection, was simply not good enough.

They further claim that the NPA has, in its own legal papers, stated it did not get the tapes from Zuma's lawyers, but from the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

They pointed out in the documents that the NIA had actually declassified the recordings, and thus said there was no reason they could not be released.

Lawyers claim there is no conceivable basis on which Zuma can object to releasing the recordings, saying it was clear the president was fully prepared to release the tapes when he applied for a permanent stay of prosecution.

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