Zuma Spy Tapes: DA seek reinstatement of Zuma corruption charges

MARCH 16, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is on Monday expected to head back to the High Court in Pretoria in a bid to have corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma re-instated based on information contained in the so-called the Zuma Spy Tapes - communications between senior officials of the NPA and the then crime fighting unit, Scorpions. 

The charges were dropped by then Acting Director of Public Prosecutions Mokoteli Mpshe, citing manipulation of prosecutorial processes as the reason for his decision.  

After going through the Zuma Spy Tapes, the DA remains convinced that Mpshe's decision was politically motivated and that Zuma must have his day in court.

The DA were handed the spy tapes last year after the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the NPA had to comply with a previous order to release the tapes. Zuma had opposed the move.
  
The recordings, internal memoranda, reports and minutes of meetings dealing with the contents of the recordings had to be provided.
 
The tapes, containing recorded phone conversations, allegedly reveal collusion between the former head 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 African National Congress's Polokwane conference in 2007.
  
Zuma was elected ANC president at the conference.

The charges were dropped shortly before Zuma was sworn in as president in 2009.

Mpshe said that the tapes showed there was a political conspiracy against Zuma and so the case against him could not continue.