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SCA reserves judgment in Zuma 'spy tapes' appeal

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President Jacob Zuma and the DA have agreed to allow a third party to judge which documents formed part of Zuma's confidential representations.

President Jacob Zuma and the DA have agreed to allow a third party to judge which documents formed part of Zuma's confidential representations. (Madelene Cronje, M&G)

The Democratic Alliance is pleased with the outcome of the Supreme Court of Appeal proceedings in the so-called spy tapes appeal, DA federal executive chairman James Selfe said on Friday.

The SCA reserved judgment in an appeal by President Jacob Zuma against a high court decision ordering the National Prosecuting Authority to hand over certain documents to the DA. 

These relate to a NPA decision to drop corruption and fraud charges against Zuma in April 2009. 

In March last year the SCA ordered the NPA to lodge a record of the documents on which the NPA had based the decision with the registrar of the high court. The NPA refused to do so on the basis that it contained confidential representations made by Zuma. 

Recently the High Court in Pretoria ordered the NPA to adhere to the original order by the SCA for a reduced record of the documents. Zuma appealed this decision. 

On Friday, Zuma and the DA’s legal counsels agreed in principle to a court proposal that a third party, a senior legal mind, be asked to judge which notes and documents, memorandums and transcripts formed part of Zuma’s confidential representations. The parties have until 4pm Friday next week, August 22, to deliver an agreement to the SCA to be made a court order. 

Selfe confirmed that the DA would attempt to agree with Zuma and the NPA on the third party. – Sapa

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