Over R1m spent on Zuma spy tape case

It’s emerged that over R1m has been spent on litigation costs in the Zuma spy tape saga.

President Jacob Zuma addresses the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Summit at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on 3 October 2013. Picture: Sibongile Ngalwa/GCIS

CAPE TOWN - It has emerged government has spent over R1 million on court action relating to the so-called Zuma spy tape saga.

President Jacob Zuma intends appealing a High Court ruling in Gauteng, which ordered the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to hand over the tapes.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is trying to get its hands on the recordings, which formed the basis for former acting NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe dropping corruption charges against the president in 2009.

In a Parliamentary reply, it's been revealed R1,262,479,70 has been spent to date on litigation costs.

The reply goes on to explain the tape recordings represent one aspect of the litigation sought by the DA and the amount paid is a reflection of the costs of the entire matter.

It's a saga which has been marring Zuma's administration.

The Supreme Court of Appeal said the DA should get the tapes before the North Gauteng High Court ordered the tapes to be handed over.

Zuma's lawyers are now appealing that order.