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Adriaan Basson Questions Zuma’s Objection to the DA Receiving Spy Tapes Transcripts

Zuma ExposedAdriaan Basson, author of Zuma Exposed, wrote a column about President Jacob Zuma objecting to the DA’s request for the full transcript of the spy tapes to be released.

Basson starts out by explaining that there were two sets of tapes and describing their history. He wonders whether Zuma’s insistence that the transcript not be released is simply because he doesn’t want media attention on the spy tapes ahead of the ANC electoral conference, or if it is because there is something on the tapes that he wants to hide.

To fully understand the relevance of the current debate about the so-called Zuma spy tapes, it is important to remember that there were two sets of tapes.

The first set was leaked to Zuma and his attorney, Michael Hulley, in the summer of 2008. Zuma was off the hook for a while after Judge Chris Nicholson bizarrely ruled there was political interference in his prosecution.

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