SCA wants Zuma to state spy tapes appeal case in open court

The SCA says it wants Zuma’s lawyers to argue in court why he should be granted leave to appeal.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Supreme Court of Appeal has granted President Jacob Zuma a temporary lifeline by allowing his legal team an opportunity to argue why he should be permitted to appeal the so-called spy tapes judgment.

Last week, the Constitutional Court said it would not hear the National Prosecuting Authority's appeal at this stage, seemingly mindful of the pending decision at the SCA.

The High Court in Pretoria ruled earlier this year that the 2009 decision to withdraw fraud and corruption charges against Zuma was irrational and set aside.

The Supreme Court has referred President Jacob Zuma's application to appeal the High Court's ruling for oral argument.

This means, the parties will now present themselves in court in Bloemfontein to argue before the full bench of judges why this matter should be heard.

The proceedings are likely to be a repeat of the argument presented in the High Court earlier this year, which was subsequently dismissed.

The Supreme Court has given the legal teams three months to file all the necessary legal paperwork.