South African court on Friday rules that President, Jacob Zuma to face 800 charges, it was confirmed that the over 800 corruption charges were dropped in 2009, a judge said.
The charges, which the popular president is to face is relating to a multi-billion dollar arms deal, which was dropped by the chief state prosecutor. Pretoria High Court judge Aubrey Ledwaba said, that the decision… to discontinue the charges against president Zuma is irrational and should be reviewed,”
He continued by saying that “Mr Zuma should face the charges as applied.” The prosecutor had justified dropping the charges by saying that tapped phone calls between senior officials in then-president Thabo Mbeki’s administration showed political interference in the case.
Though truly what we don’t know yet is if it is really a significant judgement, but one of the top officials had said we are deeply, deeply delighted. We believe it’s a significant judgement. “Jacob Zuma must have… his day in court.
Last week, a commission he set up cleared all government officials of corruption over the 1999 arms deal. While Zuma himself was accused of having accepted bribes from international arms manufacturers.
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President Jacob Zuma, who is 74 years old, will be completing his two terms as a South African president in 2019 and is not eligible to run for president again, but the ANC — which is packed with his loyalists — could replace him ahead of the next election.