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Spy tapes: Zuma's team battle it out with DA

Zuma has appealed a North Gauteng High Court ruling that the tapes be given to the DA.

President Jacob Zuma in Parliament on 19 June 2014. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma's legal team is expected to tell the Supreme Court of Appeal today that the Democratic Alliance (DA) should not be allowed to listen to the so called Zuma spy tapes as part of its bid to overturn the decision to withdraw corruption charges against him.

Zuma has appealed a North Gauteng High Court ruling that the tapes should be given to the opposition party.

The recordings of former National Prosecuting Athority (NPA) head Bulelani Ngcuka discussing when to charge Zuma with corruption with then scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy were used to justify the decision to stop prosecuting him.

The DA says it needs them as they are part of the legal record of that decision.

The party's James Selfe says the move was irrational and lacked basis.

"The decision to discontinue this prosecution was irrational and therefore stands to be set aside. And we're demanding that material in order to proof the irrationality of that decision."

In 2009, the NPA withdrew corruption charges against Zuma, claiming the tapes were proof of a political conspiracy against him.