Jacob Zuma To Face Prosecution Over Corruption Charges

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Former South African President Jacob Zuma will be prosecuted for corruption relating to a 30 billion rand (£1.81billion) arms deal in the late 1990s.

Chief state prosecutor Shaun Abrahams told a media conference that Zuma’s attempts to head off the charges that have been hanging over him for more than a decade had failed.

The charges were originally filed – but then dropped – by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) shortly before Zuma ran for president in 2009.

An NPA spokesperson said earlier this week that Zuma had already been informed of Mr Abraham’s decision.

Mr Zuma faces one charge of racketeering, two charges of corruption, one charge of money laundering and 12 of fraud.

‘After consideration of the matter, I am of the view that there are reasonable prospects of successful prosecution of Mr Zuma on the charges listed in the indictment,’ Abrahams said.

The charges were originally filed – but then dropped – by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) shortly before Zuma ran for president in 2009.

The deal to buy European military kit has cast a shadow over politics in Africa’s most industrialized economy for years.

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