Zille: Spy tapes decision to be reviewed

The Supreme Court of Appeal this morning ordered the release of the Zuma 'spy tapes'.

DA leader Helen Zille. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille says the so-called Zuma spy tapes and the decision to drop corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma will now be thoroughly reviewed.

Zille was in Bloemfontein this morning when the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ordered the release of the recordings.

Conversations on the tapes were cited as a reason to drop fraud and corruption charges against Zuma shortly before he was sworn in as president in 2009.

The DA says it needs these tapes as part of its court application to overturn that decision.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has been given five days to release the tapes.

Meanwhile, the SCA also ruled that the NPA has to handover all documents it used in that decision to retired Judge Noel Hurt, so that he can decide which of those papers can be given to the DA.

Zille welcomed today's ruling.

"When we get those tapes we will be able to establish whether there was a conspiracy or not. Clearly, if there wasn't a conspiracy that is demonstrated on those tapes then the reasons given to withdraw the charges against Jacob Zuma are wrong and on that basis, we would re-institute the charges."

The tapes allegedly reveal collusion between the former heads of the directorate of special operations, former Scorpions head Leonard McCarthy and NPA former head Bulelani Ngcuka to manipulate the prosecutorial process before the ANC's Polokwane conference in 2007.

Zuma was elected ANC president at the conference.

At the time, acting NPA boss Mokotedi Mpshe said they showed there was a political conspiracy against Zuma and so the case could not continue.