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Zille: Nothing new on spy tapes

The DA leader says all of the transcripts she's read contain information that was already public.

DA leader Helen Zille addresses the media outside the North Gauteng High Court on 4 September, 2014. Picture: Twitter via DA_News.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille says there's nothing on the so-called Zuma spy tapes that isn't already in the public domain or to contradict her claim that the corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma should be reinstated.

She also revealed that the recordings consist of 36 conversations over five months.

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.

Zille says while she can't comment in detail about what's on these recordings, all of the transcripts she's read contain information that was already public.

She also says there's no evidence of conversations including former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils.

The DA leader says the lack of new information on these tapes strengthens her claim that the decision to withdraw the charges against the president was illegal.

The tapes allegedly reveal collusion between the former heads of the directorate of special operations, former Scorpions head Leonard 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.