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ANC mum on spy tapes battle

President Zuma is appealing a ruling which compels the NPA to hand over the spy tapes to the DA.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC says it's up to government to deal with the Zuma spy tapes legal battle.

Last week, President Jacob Zuma confirmed he would appeal a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court ordering the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to hand over the tapes to the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The tapes were used by the NPA to justify the dropping of fraud and corruption charges against Zuma in 2009.

The ANC's Jessie Duarte said it's not for the party to comment on the matter.

"We are not dealing with it. We believe this is a matter that must be left with government to resolve. It can't be political parties that get involved."

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

The NPA claimed the tapes showed Zuma was the victim of a political conspiracy and thus withdrew the charges against him.

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.

Legal academics and the DA have slammed Zuma's decision to appeal the ruling saying it's simply an attempt to delay the inevitable.

But the Presidency says Zuma is only exercising his legal rights in appealing the ruling.

The appeal could strengthen speculation the tapes don't constitute legal grounds to withdraw the charges and that Zuma still fears being tried for corruption.