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'Decision to withdraw charges against Zuma was irrational'

The DA’s legal team is delivering its arguments as the ‘spy tapes’ battle continues in court.

Advocate Sean Rosenberg is representing the DA in the 'spy tapes' court case. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Democratic Alliance (DA) legal team has started delivering its argument in the application to set aside the decision to drop criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma.

#SpyTapes Kemp chatting to Rosenberg and other counsel. BB pic.twitter.com/p068viG4lR

The matter has been set down for three days in the North Gauteng High Court.

Zuma was charged in 2007 for his alleged involvement in the controversial arms deal and accused of using his political influence to secure contracts for convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik.

#SpyTapes Rosenberg: The prosecution of Zuma because inevitable after the Shaik findings. BB

#SpyTapes Ledwaba asks Rosenberg to refer to the third respondent as "President Zuma". He agrees. BB

Prosecutions Boss Moketedi Mpshe withdrew the charges in 2009 following representations from Zuma which included the so-called spy tapes.

Advocate Sean Rosenberg told the court Mpshe's decision was irrational.

"Mr Mpshe the decision maker, failed to take proper account of or failed to attach sufficient weight to the nature and circumstances of the corruption and related charges."

The legal team argued evidence, which emerged in several court cases involving spy tapes, has strengthened its case.

Rosenberg said that the Supreme Court's finding in 2007, that the State's search and seizure operations, which secured evidence against Zuma were lawful, was a turning point.

"Prosecution of President Zuma, which had become effectively inevitable after the Shaik findings, have now been significantly strengthened by the additional information and documentation that had been obtained in the wake of the further proceedings."