S.Africa court clears way for Zuma graft prosecution
Friday 13/October/2017 - 02:54 PM
South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal ruled on Friday that President Jacob Zuma can face prosecution over almost 800 charges of corruption relating to a 1990s arms deal. "The reasons for discontinuing the prosecution given... do not bear scrutiny،" said Supreme Court judge Eric Leach who read the ruling.Anadolu Agency said. The opposition Democratic Alliance party had sought in 12 court appearances since 2009 to reactivate the charges over controversial post-apartheid military contracts which have dogged Zuma for much of his time in government. The president، who is accused of corruption، fraud، money-laundering and racketeering، has always insisted he is innocent. Zuma and other government officials were accused of taking kickbacks from the $5 billion (4.2 billion euros) purchase of fighter jets، patrol boats and other arms manufactured by five European firms، including British military equipment maker BAE Systems and French company Thales. Charges were first brought against Zuma in 2005 but dropped by prosecutors in 2009.