Zille finally receives Zuma 'spy tapes'

The DA leader Zille emerged from court carrying a forensically sealed bag containing the recordings.

DA leader Helen Zille outside the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria with the so-called Zuma spy tapes on 4 September 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

PRETORIA - After a delay of more than three hours, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille is now in possession of the so-called Zuma spy tapes.

The handover was delayed at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria by Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba.

The DA leader was photographed receiving a recording of the tapes on a memory stick, but Ledwaba then intervened and told the party he first wanted to review the order by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) to hand over the tapes.

Zille has emerged from the court carrying a blue and white forensically sealed bag containing the spy tape recordings on a memory stick as well as their transcriptions.

She says it was an important step in defending the Constitution and ensuring the independence of the justice system.

A forensic expert will now keep the bag to ensure the chain of evidence is not broken.

The DA leader says this evidence will be used to launch a review application of the withdrawal of more than 700 counts of fraud, corruption and racketeering against President Zuma.

Last week, the SCA ruled the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) must hand over the recordings to the DA, so it can use them as part of its legal bid to reinstate corruption charges against Zuma.

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.

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