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Former South African president Jacob Zuma to be prosecuted for corruption (state prosecutor)

africanews | South Africa’s state prosecutor Shaun Abrahams has announced that charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering will be reinstated against former president Jacob Zuma.

The charges relate to a 30 billion rand ($2.5 billion) arms deal in the late 1990s, when Zuma was deputy president.

While Zuma has consistently denied the allegations, Abrahams told journalists the state has a ‘reasonable prospect of successful prosecution’.

After consideration of the matter, I am of the view that there are reasonable prospects of successful prosecution of Mr Zuma on the charges of the indictment.

‘‘After consideration of the matter, I am of the view that there are reasonable prospects of successful prosecution of Mr Zuma on the charges of the indictment,’‘ Abrahams said.

The decision comes after a long legal battle to reinstate the charges related to 783 payments made to Zuma by his former advisor Shabir Shaik.

Last year, the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld the ruling which set aside the 2009 decision to withdraw the case against the former president.

A team of five senior state prosecutors spent four weeks studying Zuma’s reasons why he should not have his day in court after submitting them at the end of January.

Abrahams announced two weeks ago that he had received a recommendation from the team and was ready to make the announcement.

It’s understood more than 200 witnesses have already confirmed their availability to testify if Zuma’s case goes on trial.

The ruling Africa National Congress (ANC) has released a statement reacting to the reinstatement of charges against the party and country’s former president.

The statement that was tweeted said the party believes in the country’s criminal justice system, urged South Africans to accord the state prosecution space to conduct its work unhindered and reiterated Zuma’s constitutional right to be treated as innocent until proven guilty.

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6 comments

  1. South Africa is an example of the separation of the power of the state.

    In La Rep, In Cameroon, like the biblical doctrine of the trinity ( Godhead) , Paul Biya is the executive branch, Paul Biya is the legislative branch and Paul Biya is the judicial branch.
    Biya is the “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” (Revelation 22:13).

    In sum, Paul Biya is a prisoner of his own policies and appetite for eternal power. He is unable to free himself and the nation from himself.

    • Case study1: Mancho BBC

      Mancho BBC was arrested with Balla and Dr. Fontem. The kangaroo military court continued to adjourn the case until Biya signed a decree releasing Balla and Dr. Fontem.
      The kangaroo military has continue the adjournment circus with Mancho waiting for Dictator Biya to sign another decree to release that INNOCENT man.

    • Case study 2: The law on embezzlement

      The law is too politicised. The meddling of the executive arm of the state further weakens the law. The executive arm of government is too closely involved in making decisions in matters involving embezzlement best left for the judiciary.
      The law is sometimes misused by the executive branch to witch hunt political rivals.
      5. The law is applied selectively because of the interference of the executive. Case study Fotso/ Adama .
      Mr. Fotso paid the embezzled money but still remains in prison while former Minister of Basic Education Mme Haman Adama was freed after payment of the embezzled amount.

  2. South Africa is the world’s most ridiculous colonial time bomb.

  3. I like the last paragraph, but magu magu should not play out and if he would be convicted
    that should be it.
    If LRC can copy such an example, we shall have all old and new post holders languishin jails.
    And Atanga Nji, will be pushed to build more centers.
    Sad enough, we are a banana republic.

  4. @ Rast Tuge
    You are born and rais in the village called Yoaunde that is why u have nothing to offer in this forum what do you know about South Africa better stay silence and keep supporting your God father Biya who is about to enter his grave yard don’t talk anything about S.A. God punish you and your God father Biya