ConCourt dismisses NPA application over spy tapes

The Constitutional Court says it’s not prepared to hear the prosecuting authority’s appeal at this stage.

NPA head Shaun Abrahams has instructed his team to appeal the Preoria High Court's Zuma spy tapes ruling. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Constitutional Court has dismissed the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s application to appeal the High Court's ruling, which reinstated criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma.

The so-called spy tapes matter relates to the 2009 decision to withdraw fraud and corruption charges against Zuma after intercepted phone calls appeared to show a conspiracy against him.

The High Court in Pretoria ruled in February that the decision to withdraw the charges was irrational and therefore set aside.

The Constitutional Court says it's not prepared to hear the prosecuting authority's appeal at this stage.

The Democratic Alliance's James Selfe says this process has highlighted the NPA and Zuma's deliberate attempts to do everything possible to delay the president's day in court.

The court dismissed Zuma and the NPA's application to appeal the judgment which set aside the decision to withdraw criminal charges.

While the prosecuting authority approached the Constitutional Court, Zuma approached the Supreme Court of Appeal.

The Supreme Court of Appeal is yet to announce its decision.

The NPA has not reacted to this latest development.