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Prosecutors to decide whether to reinstate Zuma's 2009 corruption charges

Prosecutors to decide whether to reinstate Zuma's 2009 corruption charges

South Africa

South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is set to respond to a ruling by the country’s High Court on whether they will review a decision it made in 2009 against the president.

On Monday, May 23, state prosecutors will brief the media on the way forward on its 2009 decision to drop 783 corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.

Last month, South Africa’s High Court ruled that prosecutors acted “irrationally” by dropping the corruption and fraud charges, charges Zuma has always denied.

In the wake of the ruling however, Zuma said that he will give consideration to the judgement and its consequences and the remedies available in terms of law.

The decision by the court came after the country’s main opposition party the Democratic Alliance requested the court to review prosecutors’ decision to drop the charges.

Zuma’s charges are linked to the 2005 conviction of his financial adviser on an arms deal.

Last month’s ruling was yet another blow to the embattled president who was found in March by the country’s Constitutional court of breaching the law.

Zuma was ordered to repay an amount of some 16 million US dollars of state funds he used to renovate his private residence.

Reuters