Zuma has limited options in spy tapes saga, says the DA

Shaun Abrahams has until 23 May to decide whether to appeal or to proceed with prosecuting Jacob Zuma.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says President Jacob Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) have "limited options" available in the so-called "spy tapes" saga, and has warned it'll fight any attempt at shielding the president from having his day in court.

Last month, the High Court in Pretoria ruled the NPA was wrong to drop criminal charges against the president in 2009.

The ruling was a victory for the official opposition, which asked the court to review then acting prosecutions boss Mokotedi Mpshe's decision to withdraw the 783 charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering against Zuma.

Current NPA head Shaun Abrahams has until 23 May to decide whether to appeal or to proceed with prosecuting a sitting head of state.

Zuma and the NPA have the right to appeal last month's judgment.

But speaking to the Cape Town Press Club today, DA MP and chair of the party's Federal Executive, James Selfe believes they'll have a tough time convincing a court to grant them leave to appeal.

"The problem for Mr Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority is that this judgment was a unanimous decision of a full bench. It's difficult to conceive that those judges would believe that a different court would come to another conclusion."

Selfe says if Abrahams decides to drop the charges, such a decision must be rational.

"We would have no hesitation in taking that decision on review if it appeared to be irrational."

About R49 million in taxpayers' money has been spent over the last seven years to fight the DA in court.