Court orders that Zuma must face corruption charges

Carla Harmon
October 13, 2017

South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal ruled on Friday, October 13, that President Jacob Zuma can face prosecution over nearly 800 charges of corruption relating to a 1990s arms deal.

In his decision to reject their appeal, Judge Lorimer Leach said it was "irrational" for the NPA to have set the charges aside.

It agreed with a lower court ruling past year that prosecutors could bring back 783 charges relating to a 1999 multi-million dollar arms deal. One party dominance means corruption, and come 2019 the voters of this country should punish the ANC for having removed a person who was not accused of stealing a cent and replaced [former president Thabo] Mbeki with a person with 783 charges.

Last year, the High Court in the capital, Pretoria, ruled in a case brought by the opposition Democratic Alliance that he should face the accusations.

This comes after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Friday dismissed with costs the appeal by Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the spy tapes saga.

It is the corruption case that will not go away.

Reinstating the charges could undermine the campaign of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the president's preferred successor for the leadership of the African National Congress in December, and possibly lead to him leaving the national presidency before his term ends in 2019, according to Susan Booysen, a political science professor at the University of the Witwatersrand's School of Governance.

The case was scrapped a month before Zuma, 75, became president in 2009 after recorded phone calls indicated the investigator's actions may have been politically motivated.

After this appeals court ruling, that could now happen - in theory.

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