Zuma spy tapes still with the NPA

It’s unclear exactly when the NPA will hand over the controversial tapes to the DA.

National Prosecuting Authority.

JOHANNESBURG - While there's still no clarity about when exactly the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will hand over the Zuma spy tapes to the Democratic Alliance (DA), it's understood it will still comply with last week's court order that they be given to the party by Thursday this week.

Last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the recordings must be handed over as part of its legal application to reinstate corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.

The NPA has said publicly it will comply with this ruling while the DA still appears to be expecting to receive the tapes this week.

But it's not known when they will be made public after that.

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 the president.

And thus it couldn't continue with its case against him.

However, the DA wants the tapes to see if they do actually support that claim.


The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development says it's not going to ventilate the issue around NPA deputy head advocate Nomgcobo Jiba in public.

On Monday, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said Jiba must be removed from office, given last week's Supreme Court of Appeal's criticism of her conduct.

In the Zuma spy tapes case, five judges said the way Jiba had behaved during the case was not worthy of the institution of the NPA.

She has also been criticised by judges for her role in the decision to withdraw charges against former police crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli.

The department's Mthunzi Mhaga says, "We want to avoid engaging with political parties on legal issues beaus there's a tendency of booing them, from a political and emotional perspective."