DA spent at least R10m on 'spy tapes' saga

The party wants corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma to be reinstated.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The so-called spy tapes saga has cost the Democratic Alliance (DA) roughly R10 million and counting.

But the party says the matter has likely cost the State even more.

The official opposition's long-running legal battle challenging the National Prosecuting Authority's 2009 decision to drop corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma will be heard in the High Court in Pretoria tomorrow.

To get to this point, the party first had to fight for the release of recorded telephone conversations that allegedly showed political interference in the prosecution.

The DA's James Selfe says tomorrow marks a significant day in the party's drawn out legal battle.

"We are appealing to the full bench of the North Gauteng High Court to have this decision to drop the charges declared as invalid, irrational and set aside, which could lead to the reinstatement of charges."

Selfe admits the fight has been costly.

"At the last count, it was roughly R10 million that we had spent on legal fees; obviously we have got some of those costs back again because along the way we won one or two cases."

It took more than four years before for the "spy tapes" and the NPA's "record of decision" were handed over to the DA in September 2014.