Zuma faces double whammy

Jacob Zuma is at the centre of a perfect political storm & is facing an attack both politically and legally.

President Jacob Zuma in response to the debate on the State of the Nation Address, National Assembly, Cape Town. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma is at the center of a perfect political storm; he is facing an attack both politically and legally today.

MPs will debate a motion of no confidence against Zuma in the National Assembly on the same day that the latest installment of the so-called "spy tapes" saga is argued in court.

Opposition parties in Parliament are expected to lay into the president over the fragile state of the economy, the battered currency and ructions at both Treasury and the South African Revenue Service.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has appealed for a secret ballot, but there has been no response from Speaker Baleka Mbete's office.

The DA failed to get the backing of the majority of MPs for its motion of no confidence against the president last year, and the ANC is confident the same will happen this time around.

Meanwhile, the official opposition's nearly seven year legal battle challenging the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) decision to drop corruption charges against Zuma will be heard by a full bench of the in the High Court in Pretoria.

The DA went to court after former acting NPA boss Mokotedi Mpshe dropped the charges because of political interference in the timing of Zuma's prosecution.

The party will argue that Mpshe's decision was irrational, invalid and should be set aside.

To get to this point, the DA had to fight for the release of recorded telephone conversations that allegedly showed political interference in the prosecutorial process.

In 2014, after four years of legal wrangling, the DA was handed the so called "spy tapes" and the NPA's record of decision.