South Africa's Zuma To Be Charged With Corruption Over Arms Deal

Marsha Scott
March 18, 2018

Meanwhile, the ruling African National Congress yesterday said it noted the NPA's decision to reinstate charges against former president Zuma but highlighted that he was innocent until proven guilty.

The charges stem from a $2.5 billion government arms purchase in 1999, when Zuma was deputy president. "We don't want to be prosecuting people in the media", said Mfaku. Thales declined to comment, reports the AFP news agency.

He was convicted of two counts of corruption and one of fraud, relating to his facilitation of a bribe, allegedly by a French arms company to Zuma.

Zuma, who was also implicated in a succession of other scandals, resigned as president on February 14 under pressure from the ANC following its election of a new leadership in December.

A court past year ruled against prosecutors' 2009 decision to drop the corruption charges faced by Zuma months before he became president.

"Mr Zuma will now be charged and will appear in court", Maimane said.

Therefore, expect some pushback even after this heavy blow.

Zuma also pointed out that there were inexplicable delays in bringing the matter to trial. The would similarly oppose any attempt to make the public pay Zuma's legal costs.

The Guptas and Zuma have denied wrongdoing.

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Zuma has been accused, among other things, of using government money to build a luxurious private home.

An anti-corruption body found he had spent $23m (£15m) on refurbishments including a swimming pool and an amphitheatre. He paid back some of the money.

"This is a very historic day".

Before taking office, Zuma was put on trial in 2006 for rape, in a case that dismayed many South Africans.

Zuma was served an indictment related to the charges in 2007 shortly after winning the ANC presidency from Thabo Mbeki, but the NPA let him off the hook in 2009 and he proceeded to be elected president of the country.

Political opponents campaigned tirelessly for him to face trial.

The High Court reinstated the charges in 2016 and the Supreme Court upheld that decision last year‚ rejecting an appeal by Zuma and describing the NPA's initial decision to set aside the charges as "irrational".

Prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams made the announcement on Friday.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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