South Africa's Zuma in court on April 6 on graft charges



South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that the government will continue to pay legal fees of the scandal-hit former president, Jacob Zuma.

The case is a dramatic development on a continent where leaders rarely face their accusers in court.

Mr Ramaphosa said in a statement on Thursday that an agreement had been struck to continue the payments until a court finds Mr Zuma had acted in his personal capacity rather than as head of state.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed the matter was being looked at, but said it was still at the inquiry stage.

News24, citing sources close to the case, reported that Zuma would be summoned to appear in the Durban high court on April 6.

The latest bribery claims, if brought to the NPA, will be added to a long list of similar charges now being pursued against the former president.

He resigned on February 14 when the ruling African National Congress party turned against him after a nine-year reign scarred by corruption allegations, an economic slowdown and diminished popularity. His former financial adviser, Schabir Shaikh, was found guilty in 2005 of trying to solicit brides for Zuma from a French arms company.

All 16 counts in the 2007 indictment, before then Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe's decision to drop the charges against Zuma in 2009, will be reinstated.

Lawyers for Zuma said they will appeal the reinstatement of the charges.

Mr.Zuma countered with his own legal challenges.

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