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Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Zuma to face trial for corruption

Zuma to face trial for corruption

Mr. Zuma, 75, was forced to resign as President last month by the African National Congress (ANC).

The charges relate to a R30bn government arms deal in the late 1990s.

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.

Mr Zuma disputes all the allegations against him and could now appeal against the ruling on a number of grounds and argue that the decision is illegitimate as Mr Abrahams' own position is uncertain.

Abrahams said he believed there were "reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution". These include one count of racketeering, two counts of corruption, one count of money laundering and 12 counts of fraud.

Since his election nine years ago, his opponents have fought a lengthy legal battle to have the charges reinstated. "That accountability starts now". Nor had it found evidence that officials were bribed in an attempt to influence the deal, he said.

A team of five top prosecutors‚ led by Noko‚ would take charge of the prosecution against the former president.

"We equally affirm our commitment to the constitutionally enshrined principle of equality of all before the law", said Magashule in a statement.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane meanwhile reacted to the news of the charges against Zuma being reinstated saying it was a triumph for South Africa, but adding that the state must still pay Zuma's legal costs. "If he has the money for lawyers, he could stay out of court forever". The Guptas and Zuma have denied any wrongdoing. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo's State Capture Inquiry will soon begin investigating accusations that the president and his allies facilitated widespread corruption to benefit the Gupta family.

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