SCA slams NPA's handling of spy tapes case

In their ruling, the judges said the NPA’s lack of interest in helping the court was baffling.

FILE:  The Supreme Court of Appeal has slammed the way the NPA has acted in the Zuma spy tapes case. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Supreme Court of Appeal says the way the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has acted in the Zuma spy tapes case is not worthy of the office.

Judges confirmed an order this morning that the recordings of conversations between former National Prosecuting Authority head Bulelani Ngucka and then Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy must be given to the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The five judges said it must be decried that an institution as important as the NPA is loath to take an independent view about whether documents in its possession should be confidential, especially in the face of a court order.

In their ruling, the judges said the NPA should have forced Zuma's lawyers to explain why these recordings should be kept secret.

They also said the NPA's lack of interest in helping the court was baffling.

That appears to be criticism of Deputy NPA Head Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba who was running the NPA for much of the time that this case was underway.

Meanwhile, DA leader Helen Zille says her case is the most important review application since 1994.

"We have to do our duty and have to ensure that the criminal justice system remains independent."

She says she hopes this case will show the NPA has been acting independently

"It will demonstrate whether the prosecuting authority has been captured by politicians or if it is part of an independent criminal justice system."

She says this is the end of the beginning in the party's bid to overturn the original decision to withdraw corruption charges against Zuma.