Zuma in a bid to keep 'spy tapes' secret

The president’s lawyers made the argument through papers filed at the Supreme Court of Appeal.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Lawyers on Thursday said President Jacob Zuma wants to keep communications with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) over the so-called 'spy-tapes' case a secret.

The president's lawyers made the argument through papers filed at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

The move comes in the event the official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA), uses the conversations 'against him'.

The party is fighting a lengthy court battle for access to the tapes and related documents.

The DA says it needs to review the decision made in 2009 that dropped corruption charges against the president.

Zuma is appealing a North Gauteng High Court decision that ordered the NPA to hand over the tapes and related documents to the opposition.

That matter will be heard on 15 August.

The secret recordings played a role in the decision to drop corruption charges against Zuma.

The DA's James Selfe says if the NPA fails to hand over the tapes, it could spark a constitutional crisis.