The National Prosecuting Authority has reinstated charges of corruption against former president Jacob Zuma, National Director of Public Prosecutions announced on Friday.
The possible charges he could face for the 2009 “Spy Tapes” saga include fraud, corruption and racketeering.
Zuma has been informed of the NPA’s decision.
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Zuma previously had to make representations on why the charges should be dropped, after the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed the former president’s and the NPA’s applications to appeal a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on the matter.
Zuma filed papers with the NPA on January 31. In the paper, Zuma gave reasons why he should not face fraud and corruption charges.
On November 30 2017, the Democratic Alliance (DA), filed papers with the NPA outlining why 783 counts of corruption, fraud, money laundering, and racketeering against Zuma, should immediately be reinstituted.
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The Supreme Court of Appeal last year refused the NPA and Zuma leave to appeal a high court ruling which set aside the 2009 decision to drop the charges which relate to South Africa’s multi-billion rand arms deal.
Zuma, 75, resigned as President of South Africa on February 14 under severe pressure from the ANC.