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South Africa ex-president Zuma to be prosecuted for corruption

South Africa ex-president Zuma to be prosecuted for corruption”

"Mr. Zuma in addition disputes all the allegations against him and records that he lacked the requisite intention to commit any of the crimes listed in the indictment", said Abrahams, who himself faced calls to resign for allegedly declining to move against Zuma when he was in office. Thales declined to make any immediate comment. NSA.

Zuma, 75, resigned as president last month after he was ordered to do so by his party, the African National Congress.

Cape Town - More than 10 years after being served with the original indictment, and later seeing the charges declared unlawful on procedural grounds, former president Jacob Zuma is to be charged after the National Prosecuting Authority said it believed it could successfully prosecute him.

The charges which Mr Zuma denies - include counts of fraud, racketeering and money laundering. "A trial court would be the most appropriate (venue) for the ventilation of the issues".

Meanwhile, lawyers acting for French arms company Thint says Abrahams has not contacted them to inform them that their client will be recharged.

"They are co-accused. When (Zuma) appears in court they will appear in court", National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku told AFP.

Zuma was deputy president at the time of the arms deal.

Since his election nine years ago, his opponents have fought a lengthy legal battle to have the charges reinstated.

The ANC said it had confidence in the country's criminal justice system and the independence of the judiciary.

But the subsequent legal challenge from the Democratic Alliance on that decision only related to Zuma and not to Thint.

"It doesn't matter who you are, whether you are the president, in whatever office you hold, accountability must be effective and justice will be met", said DA leader Mmusi Maimane. Nor had it found evidence that officials were bribed in an attempt to influence the deal.

The former president has also been implicated by South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog in a 2016 report that alleges the Gupta family, billionaire friends of Zuma, used links with him to win state contracts. There was the swimming pool, which South Africa's highest court said was purchased with government money - and which Zuma's advisers claimed to be in the interests of national security - that he eventually repaid.

Zuma has long denied any wrongdoing.



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