President Jacob Zuma has decided to legally confront the spy tapes judgement ruled on April 29, 2016. Report says a close source to the case revealed that Zuma has finally made up his mind to appeal against the judgement- as predicted by the DA.
In March, Zuma received a damning judgement on Nkandla case and on April 29, he received another when the High Court in Pretoria granted a go-ahead for a review of the decision to drop 783 charges against him on the spy tapes saga.
Meanwhile, the anonymous source stated that Zuma is expected to announce his decision either today or tomorrow.
Spy Tapes Judgement
On April 29, a full bench of judges, headed by Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba, with Judge Cynthia Pretorius and Judge Billy Mothle, delivered judgment in the application by the Democratic Alliance for review of the National Prosecuting Authority’s decision seven years ago to drop the charges against Zuma.
“The decision… to discontinue the charges against Mr Zuma is irrational and should be reviewed,” Ledwaba said.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane and federal executive chairman James Selfe were in court that day to see and hear it all for themselves.
The DA had earlier contended that the decision taken by the then acting National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Mokotedi Mpshe, was irrational, unreasonable and made with an ulterior political motive.
At that time, Mpshe flung out the case on the basis that the so-called spy tapes –recorded conversations between then-Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy and former National Prosecuting Authority head Bulelani Ngcuka suggested they manipulated the timing of Zuma’s indictment on fraud, corruption and racketeering charges for political reasons.
The two were recorded discussing the timing of bringing charges against Zuma. Mpshe felt this showed political interference in the case.
But the opposition party DA argued that Mpshe’s reason was not sufficient to withdraw the charges against Zuma.
However, after the judgement on April 29, DA’s Selfe maintained that the judgment would not be the end of the legal saga, because Zuma was certain to appeal if it went against him and the DA would do the same if it turned the other way.
“Whoever loses this round is bound to appeal to the SCA and doubtless, in due course, to the Constitutional Court. It has taken seven years to get to this point in the litigation, and the finalization of any appeals process will no doubt take a few years more thereafter,” Selfe said.
“But ultimately, the time and the cost is necessary to remind the President, the NPA and South Africa as a whole, that every decision to prosecute or not to prosecute must be made without fear or favour, and that even number one is not above the law.”
Last Wednesday, the party in KwaZulu-Natal asserted that President Jacob Zuma remains innocent until proven guilty in the spy tapes saga.
“This is of course a national matter. But we maintain that President Zuma is our leader and we support him. He is the head of our organisation,” the party said.