Zuma spy tapes: NPA conduct questioned

The SCA said the NPA’s conduct in this case was not worthy of its office.

DA leader Helen Zille and Free State party leader Patricia Kopane in front of the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein on Thursday, 28 August 2014. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says while it will abide by the Zuma spy tapes ruling, it cannot comment yet on the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA)'s strong criticism of the institution.

On Thursday, five judges ruled the NPA must hand over the recordings used as justification to withdraw criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma to the Democratic Alliance (DA).

But they also said the NPA's conduct in the case was not worthy of its office.

In 2009, the NPA said those conversations were proof of a conspiracy against the president and thus it had to withdraw the corruption charges he faced.

NPA spokesperson Nathi Ncube says they will hand over the Zuma spy tapes to the DA within five working days.

"It is of course our intention to implement the court order as swiftly and as diligently as possible."

But he cannot yet comment on the judicial finding that the NPA's conduct in this case was lamentable.

Ncube says the NPA has to study the Zuma spy tapes judgment before it can respond to the judicial criticism.

"As the NPA, of course, we still have to study it carefully and be able to take note of the rest of the comments that were made in the judgment by the judges."

In particular, the judges were scathing of deputy NPA head, Nomgcobo Jiba, who they've previously criticised over her conduct in withdrawing charges against former police crime intelligence head, Richard Mdluli.

Jiba is currently facing a criminal investigation and is under pressure to prove she is actually an advocate.