‘Spy tapes’: Court sets deadlines

The DA wants the court to set aside a 2009 decision to drop criminal charges against the president.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma answers questions in Parliament on the 11 March 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The North Gauteng High Court on Monday determined a timeline to hear the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s application to review the so-called spy tapes matter.

The official opposition wants the court to set aside the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s 2009 decision to drop criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma after receiving the recordings.

The Pretoria court ordered the NPA file documents, including answering affidavits, by the end of March.

Zuma needs to lodge his affidavit by 15 April, while the DA must submit its heads of argument by 10 June.

The DA's Marius Redelinghuys says his party reached an agreement with the NPA.

"The NPA and the DA agreed on the dates and agreed on the order, however, the judge declined to grant an expedited or preferential date for the court date for the review to be set."

The DA will now consult with its legal team and may approach the Gauteng judge president to expedite proceedings.