Former South African president faces corruption charges

Jacob Zuma, Former South Africa Leader, Charged With Corruption

Former S. African president Jacob Zuma to be prosecuted for corruption (state prosecutor)

While the NPA readies for the case to be heard before the High Court in KwaZulu-Natal‚ it faces court action in the Western Cape High Court by an NGO who has asked the court for a permanent stay of Zuma's prosecution. Thales declined to comment, reports the AFP news agency.

Former South African president Jacob Zuma is facing corruption charges. "I am of the view that a trial court will the most appropriate forum for these issues to be ventilated". EFF said prosecuting Zuma will send a strong warning that all are equal before the law. "That will come out in court".

Former President Frederik de Klerk welcomed the reinstatement of the charges against Zuma.

Shaik's conviction nearly torpedoed Zuma's bid for president but the charges against him were dropped on a technicality by NPA boss Mokotedi Mpshe, based on the recordings of the so-called "spy tapes", which were presented to him by Zuma's legal team.

The Inkatha Freedom Party also welcomed the decision but said that the decision to prosecute Jacob Zuma only now, was in itself "a damming indictment on the state of capture of the NPA under the Zuma presidency".

Shaun Abrahams, head of the National Prosecuting Authority, noted the "long history" of the reinstated charges against Zuma, which were thrown out by prosecutors almost a decade ago in a contentious decision that opened the way for him to become president.

The charges concern an incident dating back to the late 1990s, when Zuma - then deputy president - allegedly accepted bribes during a $2.5 billion government arms deal with a French weapons supplier.

Shaik was released on medical parole on March 3, 2009, after serving just more than two years of a 15-year sentence for corruption. "I said yes, I would testify".

Zuma resigned as president last month embroiled in a storm of criticism and growing calls for him to step down following a series of corruption scandals while the country battled falling economic growth and record unemployment.

The former president has also been implicated by South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog in a 2016 report that alleges that the Gupta family, billionaire friends of Zuma's, used links with him to win state contracts.

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