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Zuma to be charged with corruption over arms deal

17 March 2018

While Zuma has consistently denied the allegations, Abrahams told journalists the state has a "reasonable prospect of successful prosecution".

Shaun Abrahams announced that Zuma will face charges including fraud, corruption, racketeering and money laundering.

"I am of the view that a trial court would be the most appropriate forum for these issues to be ventilated and to be decided upon".

The 16 counts were filed against Zuma but then dropped by the NPA shortly before he successfully ran for president in 2009.

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

Zuma is suspected of corruption, fraud, money laundering, racketeering and 12 other corruption-related charges, some nearly two decades old. The High Court described Mpshe's decision to withdraw the charges as irrational.

The State Attorney said the office was instructed by new President Cyril Ramaphosa to provide the details after having considered the court approach. Abrahams appealed the ruling and the Constitutional Court has not yet delivered its judgment.

The charges were subsequently withdrawn, just before Zuma was sworn in for his first term as president.

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"Zuma can not be allowed to walk scot-free if he is found guilty of any of the charges brought against him".

"Today we must celebrate that we are a step closer for Zuma to get to court". He paid back some of the money.

City Press reported last month that a team of five prosecutors working on the case had unanimously agreed to suggest that Abrahams reinstate the charges.

"I, along with NPA, have been cited as respondents in this matter I've instructed the State attorney to brief senior counsel to oppose this application", Abrahams announced at the end of a media briefing in which he also announced he has okayed the reinstatement of criminal charges against Zuma.

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Zuma to be charged with corruption over arms deal