DA confident so-called ‘Spy Tapes’ ruling will be favourable

The court will rule on whether a decision to withdraw corruption charges against President Zuma was rational.

FILE: Legal counsel for the NPA, President Zuma and the DA in court for the Spy Tape saga on 1 March 2016. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it's confident today's Pretoria High Court ruling on the so-called spy tapes will go in its favour.

The opposition is expected to hear later this morning whether its application to set aside the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s decision to drop corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma has succeeded.

Seven hundred and thirty eight charges against Zuma, which include fraud and racketeering, were dropped in 2009 by former prosecutions boss Mokotedi Mpshe after considering representations from Zuma.

The DA's James Selfe says it's been a long seven-year fight for the party.

"It will establish the principle that a decision to drop a prosecution can be reviewed by a court of law. Clearly in this particular case and given the many other controversies around the arms deal it will be very significant in the sense that a sitting head of state is involved."

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When then NPA's acting head made his announcement in 2009, he pointed out that his prosecuting team had done nothing wrong.

He said, "It does not matter that the team acted properly, honestly fairly and justly throughout."

At the time, the team wanted to continue with the case and believed a judge should decide whether now President Zuma was guilty of corruption.

The Constitutional Court had already decided Schabir Shaik was guilty of corruption because of the money he'd given to Zuma.

While whoever loses this case today is likely to appeal if charges against Zuma are reinstated, that could provide more ammunition to his opponents - both inside and outside of the African National Congress (ANC).

(Neo Koza)