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Zuma to face corruption charges



Zuma to face corruption charges

South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma may face corruption charges anytime soon, as the High Court in Pretoria has decried the decision to drop the corruption charges against him in 2009.

He may therefore face about 738 charges bordering on fraud and racketeering.

Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba says the court also found that chief state prosecutor at the time Mokotedi Mpshe’s explanation for his decision to drop the charges was “disingenuous”.

The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) had applied to have the decision by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to drop corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma set aside.

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The charges were dropped just weeks before the 2009 election which led to Mr Zuma becoming president.

The case, brought by the opposition Democratic Alliance, opens the way for prosecutors to reinstate the charges.

Mr Zuma always denied the allegations which are linked to a government arms deal in 1999 worth billions of dollars.

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