Spy tapes: NPA hands over spy tapes to DA today

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - SEPTEMBER 4, 2014

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Helen Zille, is set to attend the handing over of the so-called ‘spy-tapes’on Thursday in Pretoria as the deadline for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to handover the tapes looms. She is expected to be accompanied by DA Gauteng leader John Moodey, Gauteng north chairman Solly Msimanga and national spokespersons Marius Redelinghuys and Phumzile van Damme.

DA supporters are also expected to converge at the Pretoria High Court at noon, where Zille would announce the status of the handover.

This comes after last week’s Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that the NPA complies with a previous order, in an application brought by the DA, to release the tapes within five days.

The ’spy-tapes’ include recordings, internal memoranda, reports and minutes of meetings dealing with the contents of the recordings.

President Jacob Zuma had opposed the move. Previously, conversations on the recordings were cited as a reason to drop fraud and corruption charges against Zuma, shortly before he was sworn in as president in 2009.

The tapes allegedly reveal collusion between the former heads of the Directorate of Special Operations, the now defunct Scorpions, Leonard McCarthy, and the NPA's former head Bulelani Ngcuka, to manipulate the prosecutorial process before the ANC's Polokwane conference in 2007 where Zuma was elected ANC president.

At the time, acting NPA boss Mokotedi Mpshe said they showed there was a political conspiracy against Zuma and so the case could not continue. 

Photo caption: Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Helen Zille, is set to attend the handing over of the so-called ‘spy-tapes’on Thursday in Pretoria as the deadline for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to handover the tapes looms.