Former president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, is soon to face prosecution for alleged offenses relating to corruption.
He is to face 16 charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering, according to Chief Prosecutor Shaun Abrahams, head of the National Prosecuting Authority.
According to him, there are “reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution”, even though Mr Zuma has denied the charges.
Zuma steppes down from office last month due to mounting pressure from his party, the ruling African National Congress (ANC), after a ninth no-confidence vote in parliament.
The charges relate to a 30bn rand ($2.5bn; £1.7bn) government arms deal in the late 1990s, before he became president.
He is alleged to have sought bribes from a French arms company to support an extravagant lifestyle.
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