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NPA given 5 days to hand over 'spy tapes'

The 'spy tapes' were key in the decision to drop corruption charges against Jacob Zuma.

The 'spy tapes' were key in the decision to drop corruption charges against Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - The North Gauteng High Court on Friday ordered the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to hand over transcripts of the so-called Zuma spy tapes to the Democratic Alliance (DA) within five days.

The DA has been fighting for access to the transcripts that were used by the NPA to drop corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma in 2009.

The tapes are understood to be recordings of conversations between former NPA head Bulelani Ngcuka and then Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy about the timing of when to charge Zuma with corruption.

The tapes were used as the basis for the decision by the NPA to withdraw the charges.

The DA went to court, saying it has a right to the transcripts as it's legally challenging that decision.

The party's James Selfe is happy with the latest ruling.

"We feel vindicated in the very, very long legal battle that we've had to pursue in order to get this information. We believed all the way along that the decision to discontinue the prosecution against Jacob Zuma was irrational."