Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

28 August 2014

South Africa: Spy Tapes Final Judgment - Jiba and the NPA Slammed

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President Jacob Zuma in Parliament (file photo).

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On Thursday the Supreme Court of Appeal handed down the ruling everyone was expecting. That the Democratic Alliance had the right to copies of the Zuma Spy Tapes, and that President Jacob Zuma was wrong to oppose them in the first place.

While it's a ruling that has huge political and legal implications for both Zuma and the DA, it also goes much further than that. Because what this has always been about is whether or not in the Republic of South Africa in the 21st Century, politics is stronger than the law. Since 2009 it's appeared that politics has been the stronger.

Now the law may be about to win the second round. And at the centre of the fight is, not surprisingly, the National Prosecuting Authority. And its deputy head, Advocate (we think) Nomgcobo Jiba.

When approaching the Zuma Spy Tapes, it's tempting to start with the phrase "the story so far". But if we did, we'd be a thousand words in before we actually got to the meat of yesterday's judgment. So you could go here, or read the four-sentence version:

In 2009 the NPA said it had recordings of its former head Bulelani...

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President Jacob Zuma in Parliament (file photo).

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