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Spy tapes: Zille pleased with SCA ruling

The Supreme Court of Appeal ruled the Zuma spy tapes be handed over to the DA.

FILE: This morning judges confirmed the order that the tapes must be given to the DA within five working days. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille says Thursday's Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) hand over the Zuma 'spy tapes' to her party paves the way for a review of the decision to withdraw corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.

This morning judges confirmed the order that the tapes must be given to the DA within five working days.

In 2009 the NPA said the recordings of conversations between its former head Bulelani Ngcuka and then Scorpions boss Leonard Mccarthy were proof of a political conspiracy against Zuma and thus it had to withdraw corruption charges against him.

The DA wants the tapes as part of its application to overturn that decision.

Zille says she's not worried that the recordings may actually strengthen Zuma's case.

"They had been there to help President Zuma. Why would he prevent and work so hard to prevent his innocence being shown. Why would he work so hard to prevent tapes being released to show there was indeed a political plot against him. That is the strange part."

In 2009, then NPA head advocate Mokotedi Mpshe said the tapes proved there was a political conspiracy against Zuma and thus he was withdrawing corruption charges against him.

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