Spy tapes D-Day for NPA

The NPA is expected to hand over the Zuma spy tapes to the DA today after an SCA ruling last week.

National Prosecuting Authority.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it expects to finally get its copy of the Zuma spy tapes on a flash drive when they are handed over by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) today.

Last week the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) gave the NPA five working days to hand over the recordings, which were used to justify its decision to withdraw corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma in 2009.

The recordings are conversations between former NPA head Bulelani Ngucka and then scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy, about when it would be politically damaging to charge Zuma after the African National Congress (ANC)'s Polokwane congress.

The DA's Marius Redelinghuys says they expect to receive these recordings on a normal USB flash drive today.

"Our understanding is that the recordings will be handed over to us on a flash drive."

He says they're still expecting the NPA to comply fully with the SCA's ruling.

"Our legal teams as well as senior party representatives have been in constant discussions with the NPA and other relevant parties, but the culmination of this will be around lunch time."

Redelinghuys says the party is still planning to make the recordings public.

"If it is a computerised version of the recording, it does make it easy to make it public. If it's transcripts, we can very easily post it on the website. But it's really about the format and the timing of what we receive."

However, it could still be some time before the recordings are made public, as experts need to authenticate them and make sure they haven't been edited.

Once the DA has analysed the recordings, it's planning to use them as part of its bid to have the corruption charges against the president reinstated.