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DA hopes to get spy tapes

The DA will argue before a judge on 24 July to try and gain access to the Zuma spy tapes.

Picture: RSC Inc.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it now has to wait until the end of July before it's able to finally argue in front of a high court judge that it should have access to the President Jacob Zuma spy tapes.

The tapes are recordings of conversations between the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) officials about the corruption charges against Zuma.

Just before the 2009 election the NPA accepted the tapes were evidence of misconduct by prosecutors.

Early last year the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled the DA should have access to the tapes as part of its bid for a judicial review of the NPA's decision to drop corruption charges against Zuma.

However, the NPA and Zuma's lawyers claimed the court didn't rule this way.

The DA's James Selfe says they are going to court on 24 July.

"We'll seek an order compelling the NPA to hand over the tapes as ordered by the Supreme Court of Appeal."

The NPA's claimed it can't release the tapes because it made a promise submissions by Zuma would be kept confidential.