'Spy tapes': DA's application a political witch-hunt

The ANC's Zizi Kodwa says Mokotedi Mpshe's decision to withdraw charges against the president was correct.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s review application seeking to reinstate corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma is simply a political witch-hunt aimed at hurting the party through its leader.

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

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.

This morning, advocate Mpshe said his credibility was not on the line with the application.

Yesterday, DA leader Helen Zille said the lack of new information on the tapes showed that she had a strong case to have the charges reinstated.

But ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says Mpshe's decision was correct.

"It was taken by a committed authority. That authority had all information before it to arrive at that decision."

Kodwa says the DA's case is not about the law.

"This is a witch-hunt to slash the integrity of the president and the ANC."

Mpshe has meanwhile justified his decision to ignore the advice of the team prosecuting the president.

"I can't be expected to listen to everyone and base my actions on what other people say."

Wits University law professor Professor Stephen Tuson says Mpshe's integrity may not actually be in question.

"Integrity is a question of good faith so he could have been genuinely mistaken in respect of his interpretation of the law."

The DA's application will start next month.

It's expected to be several months before any decision is made.