SCA to deliver ‘spy tapes’ judgement on Friday


An end in the so-called 'spy tapes' saga is apparently in sight, with the announcement that the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) is set to deliver judgement in the matter on Friday.

President Jacob Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) applied to the SCA in Bloemfontein to appeal against a judgement delivered by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

The High Court ruled that the former head of the NPA, Mokotedi Mpshe, had acted irrationally in dropping hundreds of charges of corruption against Zuma, prior to his being elected president of the African National Congress and consequently, president of South Africa.

Mpshe reportedly decided to drop the charges after listening to recordings between his predecessor, Bulelani Ngcuka and head of the former investigation unit, the Scorpions, Leonard McCarthy.

The two had reportedly discussed whether or not the indictment against Zuma should be served before the ANC held its elective conference in Polokwane in 2007.

The Democratic Alliance approached the High Court to review the decision after gaining access to evidence in the "spy tapes".

In making its ruling, the High Court dismissed Mphshe's justification, calling his decision "irrational".

Interestingly enough, the president's own legal counsel Kemp J Kemp, agreed that Mphse had acted irrationally in dropping the charges in 2009.

The end in the "spy tapes" saga is now in sight, with the SCA issuing its Judgement Delivery Notice. All will be revealed from 09:30 on Friday morning.