Mr Zuma, why are you so afraid to let go of the spy tapes?
The Times Editorial: President Jacob Zuma should explain to South Africans why he is refusing to release the spy tapes that got him off corruption charges.
Yesterday, Zuma again failed to provide the DA with the spy tapes as ordered by the Supreme Court of Appeal.
The DA is arguing that disclosing the contents of the spy tapes and deliberating on them in a public court would put to rest the controversy around the way in which the charges against Zuma were dropped.
The tapes allegedly contained intercepted recordings of conversations between senior political and judicial officials.
It was well and good back in 2009 when the National Prosecuting Authority decreed in his favour that the corruption charges were politically motivated.
The spy tapes were also used to argue for the recall of former president Thabo Mbeki.
Zuma and his ANC supporters chanted then that, because of the spy tapes, all charges against him should be dropped.
A few weeks later, Zuma was elected president of the republic.
Now he appears to be refusing to make public the content of the tapes that got him off the hook. Why?
It has been reported that Zuma's lawyer and special adviser Michael Hulley has been in possession of a full transcript of the secret recordings since April this year. But he is yet to release them to the authorities.
With yet another court order disregarded, it would not be unreasonable to conclude that the tapes don't exist. If they do, why is it so difficult for Zuma and his lawyers to release them?
What message are Zuma and his lawyers sending to ordinary South Africans?
We cannot afford to have a head of state that repeatedly defies orders from the courts.
If Zuma respects the rule of law and takes our constitution seriously he should release the spy tapes and let South Africans judge for themselves.