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Ex-South Africa president Jacob Zuma to be charged with corruption

Jacob Zuma was president of South Africa for nearly a decade

South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma will be charged with corruption over a massive arms deal in the 1990s.

The country’s chief prosecutor has said there are reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution.

The 16 charges relate to a 30bn rand ($2.5bn) arms deal in the late 1990s.

Chief state prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said: “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.”

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.

In December, the High Court in Pretoria ordered then-deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to replace Mr Abrahams, ruling that Mr Zuma’s original decision to appoint him was “null and void” because he was “conflicted” at the time.

Mr Abrahams said: “Justice must not only be done but must also be seen to be done — I am mindful that everyone is equal before the law.”

In 2017 a court ruled against a decision by prosecutors in 2009 to drop the corruption charges against Mr Zuma just months before he became president.

Shaun Abrahams announcing Jacob Zuma will face prosecution
Shaun Abrahams announcing Jacob Zuma will face prosecution

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