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Pikoli not convinced spy tapes exist

Advocate Vusi Pikoli believes the so-called Zuma spy tapes should be made public, if they exist.

Former NPA head Vusi Pikoli. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

CAPE TOWN - Former National Prosecution Authority (NPA) head advocate Vusi Pikoli believes if the so-called Zuma spy tapes do exist they should be made public.

The spy tapes are what led the NPA to drop corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma in 2009.

Then acting NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe quoted telephone recordings between Bulelani Ngcuka and former head of the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO), Leonard McCarthy, discussing the timing of re-charging Zuma.

Pikoli told the Midday Report that withdrawing the charges against Zuma was the wrong decision.

"It was a difficult matter for us but I believe that having won almost every matter that was taken to court, in so far as the challenges on the search and seizure operations, as the prosecutors we had what we believed was sufficient evidence to make him answer."

Pikoli said he believed they would have won their case in court.

He said he doubted whether the spy tapes do in fact exist.

"If they do exist they should be made public. I'm not so sure whether they do exist or not. But judging from the comments made and what is said to be contained in those tapes that's not sufficient reason to withdraw the charges."

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has been trying to gain access to the tapes.

In August the North Gauteng High Court ruled that the tapes should be made public but the Presidency is appealing that ruling.

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