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D-day for Zuma ‘Spy Tapes’ case

By ASAVELA FEKEMA - Apr 29, 2016
D-day for Zuma ‘Spy Tapes’ case

The High Court in Pretoria is expected to rule on Friday whether President Jacob Zuma is guilty or not of 783 corruption charges that were previously controversially dropped after his ascension to the Presidency.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) applied to have the National Prosecution Authorities (NPA) to review its charges against the president seven years ago.

“We fought this thing for five years, we spent a lot of money, I am going to court. We beat the ANC in the INkandla scandal I know we are going to beat them now,” said DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, in a statement.

The DA argues that it was wrong of the prosecutors to just drop the charges.

In 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)’s acting head, Mokotedi Mpshe, said that his prosecuting team had done nothing wrong. His team wanted to continue with the case and believed that a decision should be taken on whether President Zuma was guilty or not of corruption.

The charges that were withdrawn in 2009 paved way for Zuma to become president, but the DA argues that the tapes prove that Mpshe’s decision was irrational.

The so-called “spy tapes”are telephonic recordings between then Scorpion boss, Leornard McCarthy, and former NPA head, Bulelani Ngcuka, who is believed to have been trying to interfere in the decision to charge Zuma.

“The allegations you make against me personally, and the office of the NDPP during my tenure, are very serious. They include the charge that I allowed myself and the NPA to be dictated by former president (Thabo Mbeki) in the exercise of my authority to institute corruption and rape against President Zuma,” said Ngcuka in an open letter in 2011.

Zuma is due to retire when his second term ends in 2019.