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Details of Zuma spy tapes emerge

The Sunday Times has released extracts from the spy tapes that it says it obtained permission to publish.

FILE: The Sunday Times has released extracts from the spy tapes that it says it obtained permission to publish. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - It's been revealed the so called Zuma spy tapes show how former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Bulelani Ngcuka told then Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy he was the only one who could save the country from the madness of President Jacob Zuma being elected African National Congress (ANC) president.

In 2009 the NPA claimed the recordings of conversations between Ngcuka and McCarthy justified withdrawing the charges against Zuma.

On Sunday, the Sunday Times newspaper released extracts from the tapes, saying it had obtained permission to publish them.

Last month the NPA handed the tapes over to the Democratic Alliance (DA), as part of the party's application to reinstate corruption charges against Zuma.

In one of these conversations, Ngcuka tells McCarthy, "You are the only one who can save the country from this madness."

Later Ngcuka says Zuma only won at Polokwane because the masses believed his claim that former President Thabo Mbeki had conspired against him.

These recordings appear to explain some of the incidents that occurred during the Polokwane conference.

Just 36 hours after Zuma won, then NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe told _567 Cape Talk _he was ready to charge Zuma with corruption.

But in the end, it was McCarthy who signed the charge sheet two weeks later.

And as the DA waits to listen to more recordings it says should have been included in the Zuma spy tapes, the Sunday Times claims the recordings show high level panic among Mbeki supporters during the ANC's Polokwane conference.

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