Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

South Africa's former president Zuma to face prosecution

South Africa's former president Zuma to face prosecution

Former South African President Jacob Zuma will be prosecuted for several counts of corruption due to his alleged involvement in a multi-billion-dollar arms deal.

On Friday afternoon, National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shaun Abrahams announced that Zuma would go on trial on fraud, racketeering, corruption, and money laundering charges. He stated in his announcement that Zuma's representations had not been enough for him to avoid his day in court, adding that he would be facing 16 charges which included racketeering, corruption, fraud and money laundering. Cyril Ramaphosa has replaced him as the country's president. "The rationale for this decision is not clearly apparent from the communication, nor is the basis for refusal", said Hulley.

"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", Abrahams said.

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Michael Hulley, who is part of Zuma' legal team indicated that the most likely course of action was to contest the decision that had been made by the NDPP, adding that it was not clear how the NDPP had arrived at the decision to prosecute. "While Zuma, the Guptas and Co amassed millions of rand, the poor faced soaring unemployment, deepening poverty, and obscene levels of inequality", Saftu said.

Zuma has consistently denied the allegations against him, and in fact, he has argued that he was targeted for by officials at the National Prosecuting Authority and his right to a fair trial has been abused. Last year, the Supreme Court of Appeal refused Zuma's appeal of a high court ruling which declared as irrational the decision to drop the charges.

Zuma also "corrupted" public institutions, including the NPA, South African Revenue Service (SARS), and the Hawks, whose constitutional rule should years ago have been enforcing the Constitution and the law by prosecuting the corrupters, "but who used their positions to do everything possible to protect the people they should have been arresting".

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