Spy tapes: Court to rule on DA's application tomorrow

The DA wants the NPA’s decision to drop charges against President Jacob Zuma to be set aside.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The High Court in Pretoria is expected to rule tomorrow on the application by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to have the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) decision to drop charges against President Jacob Zuma set aside.

The opposition says the verdict on the so-called spy tapes saga will be a watershed moment for the country.

The 738 charges stem from the 1999 arms deal and the decision by then NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe to withdraw the case against Zuma.

The DA's James Selfe says tomorrow's case is extremely important, in light of the current political climate.

Selfe says if the judgment goes against Zuma, it would be extremely damaging for the president.

"I am aware that there are formations of the governing party that are waiting for this case in order to decide whether or not they should throw their weight behind the ANC in Gauteng's stance on the matter."

The opposition has been challenging the rationality of the NPA dropping the charges against Zuma in 2009 for seven years.

Zuma released the findings of the arms deal report last week, which stated that there was no evidence of bribery or corruption in the procurement process.