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Zuma asks court to clarify spy tapes instructions

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President Jacob Zuma has asked the North Gauteng High Court to clarify what records regarding the so-called spy tapes should be released.

President Jacob Zuma. (Gallo)

"I think for me, sight is lost of the fact of what the reduced record means," Michael Hulley told Sapa.

Following court action by the Democratic Alliance, the Supreme Court of Appeal ordered the NPA to produce a record of the "documents and materials" that informed the decision by then acting prosecutions chief Mokotedi Mpshe to drop charges of racketeering, corruption, fraud and money laundering against Zuma before the 2009 election.

Hulley said their notice was to set out what should be considered the reduced record of decision.

"One must focus on what's the record and what's the reduced record."

He said Zuma was seeking to block the release of part of the record based on confidentiality, which he was allowed to do under the Supreme Court of Appeal order.

DA federal executive chairman James Selfe said the party viewed the notice with "great consternation".

"What this notice seems to imply is that President Zuma will now dispute the meaning of what the Supreme Court of Appeal ordered the NPA to produce."

He accused Zuma of attempting to delay releasing the transcript of the tapes until after the ANC's national elective conference in Mangaung in December.

Hulley defended Zuma's move and accused the DA of artificially generating controversy over the court's decision.

"The brouhaha that keeps undermining what the court has already ruled on is of no benefit to us or anyone else," he said.

The NPA has said while the court had ordered it to furnish the reduced record to the DA, this was contingent on Zuma's lawyers not objecting on the grounds of confidentiality.

Zuma's lawyers did object, so the NPA could not hand over the record.

The tapes supposedly contain conversations that alluded to impropriety in the course of the investigation into corruption charges against Zuma in the arms deal case.

The conversations were given as the reason why the case against Zuma was tainted, resulting in charges against him and arms company Thint being dropped. – Sapa

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