Zuma Faces Prosecution

March 19, 2018

Former president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, will finally see his day in court.

The National Prosecuting Authority said on Friday that it’s pursuing 16 charges of corruption, money laundering, and racketeering against the 75-year-old.

The charges were dropped against Zuma nine years ago, as he ran for president, amid allegations of political interference.

NPA boss, Shaun Abrahams, said: “I am of the view that there are reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution of Mr Zuma.”

NPA officials in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province will now make the necessary arrangements for Zuma to appear in court.

In October last year, the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld a ruling that found the original decision to drop the charges was “irrational”, and that they should be reinstated.

Zuma was given the opportunity to make representations as to why he should not be prosecuted, but these were not successful.

Zuma’s son, Edward Zuma, has described the decision to prosecute his father a “witch hunt”.