South Africa hits fallen Zuma with arms deal corruption charges


"A trial court would be the most appropriate [venue] for the ventilation of the issues".

"After consideration of the matter, I am of the view that there are reasonable prospects of successful prosecution of Mr Zuma on the charges listed in the indictment", chief state prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said on Friday. Last year, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Zuma, saying the NPA's decision to drop the charges was "irrational". His former financial advisor, Schabir Shaik, was convicted in 2015 for facilitating the bribes.

Zuma will face 16 charges relating to 783 instances of alleged wrongdoing, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku said on Friday.

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Michael Hulley, who is part of Zuma' legal team indicated that the most likely course of action was to contest the decision that had been made by the NDPP, adding that it was not clear how the NDPP had arrived at the decision to prosecute.

Former president Jacob Zuma's lawyers are expected to apply for the case to be struck off the roll arguing that there was prosecutorial manipulation and misconduct.

Former President Frederik de Klerk welcomed the reinstatement of the charges against Zuma. He was sentenced to 15 years for his involvement.

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They served Jacob Zuma as their political master, and when he was gone, they found the spine to act against him.

The DA was convinced that the deal referred to by President Cyril Ramaphosa this week, which guaranteed that the state would pay for Zuma's legal defence, could not have been reached lawfully, he told journalists in Johannesburg following the two-day meeting of the DA's federal executive.

On Saturday, the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) said it had noted the decision by the NPA to prosecute Zuma.

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Mmusi Maimane, the official opposition leader and head of the Democratic Alliance party, said: "This is a victory for all who have fought for years for Jacob Zuma to face accountability for his crimes".