Zuma to appear in court on corruption charges April 6

Calvin Saunders
March 27, 2018

South African police would this week issue former president Jacob Zuma with a court summon relating to corruption charges over a years-old 2.5 billion dollars arms deal, a spokesman for the Hawks investigative crime unit said.

The state and defence agreed on the April 6 date following a meeting held last week.

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

The National Prosecuting Authority earlier on March 16 said it would seek to prosecute Mr. Zuma on 16 charges, including fraud, racketeering, corruption and money laundering.

The announcement compounded Zuma's fall from power, after he was forced to step down as president to be replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa.

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He resigned February 14 after he was ordered to do so by his party, the African National Congress.

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

The 16 counts were filed against Zuma but then dropped by the NPA shortly before he successfully ran for president in 2009.

Ten days ago, Abrahams announced that the NPA would prosecute Zuma for the charges against him, which stem from 783 questionable payments he received from his former financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, alleged to have been bribes received in exchange for advancing Shaik's business interests in government. Zuma countered with his own legal challenges. Past year a court ruled against that decision, leading to the path to last month's decision to prosecute.

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