Prosecutor decides Zuma will appear in court

Former South African President Jacob Zuma

Former South African President Jacob Zuma

The National Prosecuting Authority announced on Friday that embattled former South African president Jacob Zuma will go on trial on fraud, racketeering, corruption and money laundering charges...

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Mahashule's communique also called on South Africans to allow the National Public Prosecution Office the space it needs to do its work unhindered, and reiterated that the former president should be considered innocent until proven guilty. He said there are "reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution".

For its part, his party, the African National Congress, said in a statement Friday that it is confident in the country's criminal justice system and "the constitutionally enshrined principle of equality of all before the law".

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In 2016, South Africa's High Court reinstated the charges.

"There was a deliberate effort to ensure that no such charges were ever brought".

DA leader Mmusi Maimane. That accountability starts now. Abrahams said he drew on the recommendations of a "vastly experienced prosecuting team", which spent the past several months reviewing evidence and the objections of Zuma's lawyers, in his final decision to prosecute.

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The DA was convinced that the deal referred to by President Cyril Ramaphosa this week, which guaranteed that the state would pay for Zuma's legal defence, could not have been reached lawfully, he told journalists in Johannesburg following the two-day meeting of the DA's federal executive.

According to prosecutors, Zuma and fellow officials received some €4.2 billion ($5 billion) in kickbacks. "The principle of equality before the law means we must all be equally held accountable for the deeds deemed illegal regardless of our social and political standing".

The ANC secretary general assured that Zuma's situation will not affect the organization and "we will be able to create some platform for Zuma to try to offer and promote the clarity required by society".

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"The prosecution of Zuma will send a strong message to all kleptomaniacs within and outside the government that they can never loot the state and not meet the consequences thereof".

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