Zuma to petition SCA over spy tapes matter

The president, though, is not one of the applicants taking the spy tapes matter to the Constitutional Court.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - It's now emerged that while the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) intends to appeal the so-called spy tapes matter in the Constitutional Court, President Jacob Zuma is going to petition the Supreme Court of Appeal.

The NPA announced on Friday it would take the matter to the highest court in the country, after the High Court in Pretoria dismissed the application for leave to appeal last month.

The court earlier ruled the 2009 decision to withdraw charges against Zuma was irrational and that they should be reinstated.

President Zuma is not one of the applicants taking the spy tapes matter to the Constitutional Court, but has instead decided to approach the Supreme Court of Appeal first.

The NPA's application essentially renders Zuma's application moot because Constitutional Court rulings is the final say on the matter.

Senior assistant State attorney, Gosiame Seleka, says in an affidavit that the matter raises constitutional issues, particularly related to the separation of powers.

He says the Constitutional Court needs to decide on the matter because it effects the functioning and the powers of the NPA and it is important this dispute be resolved as soon as possible.