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DA: Spy tapes decision in SCA's hands

Lawyers spent the week working on who will act as an arbitrator in the matter.

The DA says it's now in the hands of the Supreme Court of Appeal as to when it will receive the so-called Zuma spy tapes. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it's now in the hands of the Supreme Court of Appeal as to when it will receive the so-called Zuma spy tapes.

Last week, President Jacob Zuma's advocate, Kemp J Kemp, admitted to judges he had no argument as to why they should not be handed over.

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.

This after Zuma's financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, was convicted of paying him bribes.

The DA wants the recordings as part of its legal bid to overturn the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s decision to withdraw corruption charges against Zuma just before the 2009 elections.

The DA and Zuma's lawyers have spent the week working on who will act as an arbitrator between them and make the final decision as to which documents the opposition party can examine as part of its case.

But the party's James Selfe believed the tapes would've been released after Kemp said he had no legal reason not to.

"We are certainly very confident that we will get the tapes but we are in the hands of the Supreme Court of Appeal as to when it makes that an order of court."

The NPA said those recordings showed how a former NPA head was involved in trying to embarrass Zuma by charging him at the worst political time and thus, there was a conspiracy against him.

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