Publication: News24 Issued: Date: 2012-10-24 Reporter: Sapa

'Spy tapes': Presidency fails to file



Date 2012-10-24
Reporter Sapa
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Johannesburg - The presidency has failed to file an answering affidavit to a new court application by the Democratic Alliance, the party said on Wednesday.

The presidency had until 16:30 on Wednesday to file a response to the DA's application that it compel the National Prosecuting Authority to produce a "reduced record of decision" related to the dropping of the prosecution against President Jacob Zuma, said DA federal executive chairperson James Selfe in a statement.

Neither presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj nor Zuma's lawyer, Michael Hulley, could be reached for comment.

"The DA views this in a very serious light," Selfe said.

"Our legal representatives will be following up again first thing tomorrow [Thursday] morning to ascertain the reasons for this failure to comply with the due process of the law."

The NPA has said while the Supreme Court of Appeal 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 the record over. *1

The NPA welcomed the DA's court challenge as the appropriate forum to determine whether or not the NPA had an obligation to release the transcripts of recordings.

"Once the North Gauteng [Pretoria] High Court makes a pronouncement, the NPA will abide by the decision of the court."

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 *2.

With acknowledgement to Sapa and

*1       Although Justice Mohammed S Navsa  produced a less than brilliant judgment in the SCA, he did not make an irredeemable cockup regarding what had to be handed over in the Reduced Record.

What the NPA has handed over thus far is the most pathetic of legal jokes since Shauket Fakie tried the same stunt in 2005.

Fakie nearly went to jail for his efforts to protect Mbeki et cie.

Currently Acting NDPP Jiba will go to jail for a repeat stunt.

So should Michael Hulley.

*2      The biggest shame of the Arms Deal investigation.

I tried so hard and got so far yet this serial juristic criminal Thomson-CSF just had charges of corruption and racketeering withdrawn against it by the NPA.

I don't mind so much the R150 million financial loss to Thomson-CSF, ADS and Schabir Shaik's Nkobi Holdings, but having initiated charges that twice resulted in a formal criminal indictment after literally years of painstaking work by the DSO, it is hard to bear watching these charges just going woosh in a carefully orchestrated move by the criminal ring of conspirators.

While most of the rest just looked and shrugged.

In the meantime Navsa J shrunk my legal goolies leaving me, at best, a gadfly and busybody.