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Zille: Nothing on 'spy tapes' implicates Kasrils

The lack of new info on the recordings helps to prove that there was no conspiracy against the president.

DA leader Helen Zille. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille says there's nothing on the so-called Zuma spy tapes that suggests former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils played any role in the decision about when to charge President Jacob Zuma with corruption.

The party accepted a sealed plastic bag containing a memory stick of the spy-tape recordings as well as their transcriptions in the North Gauteng High court in Pretoria last week.

She also said the tapes don't contain any information that is not already public and that this strengthens her claim that the decision to withdraw those charges was wrong.

The Presidency says it has no comment to make at this time.

The Sunday Times yesterday reported that Kasrils was responsible for political manoeuvring at the time of the Polokwane battle.

But he has denied this, saying he had advised former Scorpions head Leonard McCarthy about charging Zuma before the conference.

"I said it would be crazy to charge before the Polokwane conference because it will be turned into a riot."

Zille said while she can't comment in detail about what's on the tapes, she was surprised by one thing that's absent.

"The information that was on the front page of the _Sunday Times _wasn't on the tapes in any way that I could find. I certainly read it again after reading the _Sunday Times _yesterday morning but that might refer to other documentation that I haven't seen."

She confirmed all the information on the tapes was already public.

"The transcripts don't tell us anything we didn't know already."

Zille said her party will start its review application next month.

The lack of new information on these recordings helps to prove her case that there was no conspiracy against the president.

However, this could be a long legal battle as Zuma is likely to appeal any decision to reinstate those charges.

That means that the case may only be finally decided in 2016 as the ANC goes to municipal elections.

The tapes allegedly reveal collusion between the former heads of the directorate of special operations, McCarthy and former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)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.