Lawyers: Zuma will fight release of spy tapes
President Jacob Zuma’s lawyers will fight the release of the full set spy tapes that helped him avoid fraud and corruption charges. The High Court in Pretoria will hear the Democratic Alliance's case for being granted access to transcripts of the so-called spy tapes on April 30. According to City Press, in heads of argument, Zuma's lawyers claim the tapes form part of Zuma’s confidential representations.
Mpshe made four-and-a-half pages of transcripts of the tapes available to the media to show that there was political interference in the timing of the corruption charges against Zuma. But Zuma’s advocate, Kemp J Kemp, argues that the fact the tapes were obtained from the NIA – which the DA is relying on in order to get its hands on the full transcripts – was irrelevant.
According to Kemp, “the fact that the transcript was disclosed, in small part, by the (NPA) in its written submissions (press statement) dated April 6 2009 does not detract from the nature or extent of the representations made to the (NPA) by (Zuma)”. Last month the DA claimed Zuma's lawyers know the spy tapes could be damaging and do not want them to get out.
The NPA initially missed the deadline for responses to the DA's heads of argument, compelling the NPA to hand over the reduced record. The DA rejected the argument by Zuma's lawyer Michael Hulley that submissions made by Zuma were confidential.
In March 2012, the Supreme Court of Appeal gave the NPA 14 days to produce the documents which were before the then prosecutions head Mokotedi Mpshe. He decided to drop corruption charges against Zuma in 2009, claiming the case was politically motivated. This decision was based on recordings of intercepted phone conversations – the so-called spy tapes.
Instead of producing the transcripts in April last year, the NPA handed them to Hulley. Selfe said the NPA should be found in contempt of court because it had failed to comply with the court order.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Mail & Guardian