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Zille: Spy tapes provide enough evidence against Zuma

The DA will continue its case by asking for corruption charges against Zuma to be reinstated.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille has revealed the Zuma spy tapes comprise of 36 conversations that were recorded over five months.

The DA leader is continuing with the party's case, asking for the corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma to be reinstated.

The recordings were used as justification by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), to withdraw charges against the president in 2009.

The tapes were handed over to the opposition party last week.

Zille says she has now read the transcripts of the tapes that were handed over to her.

She says that while she can't reveal its contents at this stage, for legal reasons, she is satisfied the tapes provide enough evidence to continue their application to have the decision to withdraw corruption charges against Zuma overturned.

Zille also says the DA will start the legal process by submitting its arguments to the court next month.

The DA leader also claims this case raises questions about who gave the recordings to the president in the first place and what process was followed in intercepting these conversations.

Meanwhile, former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils says it's no secret that he had a relationship with former scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy but phone calls between them were simply about setting up meetings.

At the weekend the Sunday Times reported the NPA found that the spy tapes were obtained through dubious means and that Kasrils was the apparent mastermind behind political manoeuvring at the time.

Kasrils says he has admitted before that he had discussions with McCarthy but it had to do with other matters.

"We were dealing with a contemporary report. Phones calls from McCarthy to me - and this will be clearly seen - were simply McCarthy phoning me to ask if he could see me. And good luck to Helen Zille and the DA, we await their findings."