Zuma studying spy tape ruling, opposition parties call for his head

The presidency says Zuma is studying the remedies available in law, while the EFF wants charges reinstated.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The presidency says President Jacob Zuma has noted the ruling by The High Court in Pretoria which found that the 2009 decision to drop corruption charges against him was irrational, and is considering its consequences.

At the same time, opposition parties now say this is more proof that Zuma must resign.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane says this is an important day for South Africa.

"It is a victory for the rule of law in South Africa. It says the decision to drop the charges against Jacob Zuma was irrational."

But the African National Congress's Zizi Kodwa says this doesn't mean the president is now facing criminal charges.

"The judgment and the application before court was an application for review, it had nothing to do with a case. We also note that there are no charges against Jacob Zuma currently."

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Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters' Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says the president must now have his day in court.

"This is the time, he must not run away. We appeal that the charges must be instituted with immediate effect."

The presidency says Zuma is studying the remedies available in law.


The High Court in has been scathing in its criticism of former prosecutions boss Mokotedi Mpshe for his decision to discontinue the prosecution of President Zuma.

Judge Aubrey Ledwaba has questioned why Mpshe kept the prosecution team in the dark until the last minute.

"Mr Mpshe ensured that the prosecution team and [Prosecutor Billy] Downer were not informed. If indeed the decision had been rational and above board, why the secrecy?"

He says Mpshe also ignored the prosecution team's advice.

"The recommendation of the prosecution team that, even if the allegations regarding Mr McCarthy are true, the decision to stop the prosecution was to be made by a court of law."

It's understood the matter will be appealed.