#SpyTapes: SCA dismisses appeal by Zuma, NPA

SCA judgment expected today in Zuma spy tapes appeal        By DESTINY Man Reporter

On Friday morning the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein dismissed Zuma's and the National Prosecuting Authority's appeal in what became known as the "spy tapes" case.

But last month Zuma and the NPA made an about-turn and conceded that Mpshe's decision not to prosecute Zuma was irrational.

It's now probably clear that the NPA should immediately reinstate charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering and corruption against Zuma.

Handing down Justice Mahomed Navsa's judgment on behalf of a unanimous court, Supreme Court of Appeal Justice Eric Leach said the High Court's judgment - that the decision to drop corruption charges against Zuma was irrational - "cannot be faulted".

"The conclusion of the court below that the decision to terminate the prosecution was irrational can not be faulted", judge Eric Leach said in his ruling delivered in Bloemfontein.

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But the NPA indicated that it wanted prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams to have another bite of the cherry and decide afresh if Zuma should be charged.

Machirunga said that in the event that the judge rejects the appeal, but the NPA chooses not to continue with prosecution, then in his opinion the only remaining remedy would be a private prosecution.

Justice Leach also ruled that the NPA and Zuma must pay the costs of DA counsels.

At the hearing, Kemp said "what then must happen is that the representations would have to be considered by the NPA, because they have never been".

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