Zuma spy tapes: DA court bid seeks clarity

The DA is taking legal steps to obtain a court review regarding corruption charges against President Zuma.

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 - Clarity is expected this week on further legal steps by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to obtain a court review regarding the dropping of corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.

The lodging of the court papers is the party's first legal step to take direct action against the president since it gained possession of the so-called spy tapes.

The DA has revealed that it's lodged a supplementary affidavit stating that the reasons to drop the charges were in fact irrational.

The opposition party first launched its application to have the decision to drop charges reviewed in 2009.

It then waited over five years to receive the so-called spy tapes.

The tapes allegedly reveal collusion between the former head of the Scorpions, Leonard McCarthy, and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s former boss, Bulelani Ngcuka.

Acting NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe contended at the time that discussions recorded in the tapes about when to charge Zuma in relation to the African National Congress (ANC)'s Polokwane conference in 2007, indicated their was a political conspiracy.

Therefore the case could not proceed.