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Jacob Zuma will face criminal charges

Jacob Zuma will face criminal charges”

National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams was on Friday scheduled to receive recommendations from his prosecution team, on whether former president Jacob Zuma will be charged for corruption. However, according to City Press sources said Zuma's enormous submissions failed to convince prosecutors that the charges should be withdrawn.

When the charges were first brought against Zuma in 2005, the charge sheet disclosed that between 1995 and 2005, Zuma or his family allegedly received 783 payments totalling more than R4-million from Schabir Shaik or his companies. The newspaper said the team signed a memorandum which was handed to Abrahams on Friday, informing him of their recommendations.

The report added that Zuma will appear alongside two co-accused, who were not named.

In October 2017, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) dismissed Zuma's bid to appeal against a previous ruling that he could face charges.

On 18 February, the DA called on President Ramaphosa to restore public confidence in the NPA and lend integrity to the process to charge Zuma by abandoning his predecessor's appeal against the North Gauteng High Court decision.

In September a year ago, Zuma's legal team and the NPA conceded before the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein that the decision to drop the charges in 2009 was irrational.

The Pretoria High Court ruled that Cyril Ramaphosa must, in his capacity as President, appoint a new NDPP.



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