783 Corruption Charges: Will President Zuma Bow Out Now?
A South African High Court has reinstated the 783 corruption and fraud charges against President Zuma, which were dropped in 2009, a decision that further disgraces the leader’s credibility that has been hanging by a thread.
South Africa President Jacob Zuma should face about 800 corruption charges that were dropped in 2009, a court ruled on Friday, putting more pressure on the battered leader.
A South African High Court reinstated the 783 corruption and fraud charges against President Zuma which were dropped seven years ago terming the decision by prosecutors as irrational and should be set aside.
“The decision… to discontinue the charges against Mr Zuma is irrational and should be reviewed and set aside,” North Gauteng High Court, Pretoria judge Aubrey Ledwaba said. “Mr Zuma should face the charges as applied,” AFP reported.
Mokotedi Mpshe, then acting national director of public prosecutions, was under pressure leading to the dismissal of the charges relating to multi-billion dollar arms deal, a move that cleared the way for Zuma, who was seeking to be elected as president a few weeks later.