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DA confident of spy tapes agreement

The Supreme Court of Appeal gave the parties until this afternoon to reach an agreement.

The DA's James Selfe. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it's confident it will be able to reach an agreement with lawyers representing President Jacob Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

The parties have to decide which NPA documents the DA will be allowed to use in its bid to overturn the decision to withdraw corruption charges against the president.

Last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal gave the parties until 4pm this afternoon to decide who will act as a neutral party and decide which documents will be handed over.

The court will then issue an order that is expected to see the so-called Zuma spy tapes being handed over to the DA.

The DA's James Selfe says, "Our legal team is in consultation with the legal team for president Zuma and the legal team for the NPA, and we are reasonably confident that we will have an agreement by the deadline."

The recordings of conversations between former NPA head Bulelani Ngcuka and then Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy were used to justify the decision to withdraw corruption charges against Zuma after Schabir Shaik was convicted of paying him bribes.

The DA argues the tapes form part of the record of the decision to withdraw corruption charges against Zuma just before the 2009 elections and therefore need to be studied.

Last week, Zuma's advocate told the court that he had no argument to justify why the spy tapes should not be given to the DA.

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