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DA to return to court over 'spy tapes'

The DA says additional documents were identified after the recordings were handed over to Helen Zille.

FILE: 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 - Lawyers for the Democratic Alliance (DA) will return to Pretoria this week to obtain further documents relating to the so-called Zuma spy tapes and to listen to the complete recordings.

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 earlier this month.

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.

The opposition party now plans to continue its fight to see Zuma face those charges in court.

The DA's James Selfe says the additional documents were identified after the recordings were handed over to the party's leader Helen Zille.

"It appeared to us that there were crucial elements or potentially crucial elements missing from the reduced record. We then wrote to the state attorney to request all the documentation that was before the decision maker when the NPA took that decision."

It's expected the DA's review will only come before a court next year.