President Zuma corruption charges
The South African High Court has reconsider to review 783 corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.
Reacting after the ruling, Mmusi Maimane leader of the Democratic Alliance(DA) said, “Today is a great victory for the rule of law and ultimately we believe that Jacob Zuma must face prosecution and this judgement certainly affirms the view that we’ve always held,”
“I congratulate my colleagues who’ve worked exceptionally hard on this case; it’s been a long battle.”
The President has been denying the allegations which are also linked to a 1999 State arms deal worth billions of US dollars with some EU countries; The UK, Germany, France, Italy and Sweden.
Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba, describe the decision of the Former acting prosecutions chief Mokotedi Mpshe, who withdrew criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma as “irrational”. He said the former prosecutor “found himself under pressure” when he withdrew the prosecution and “consequently made an irrational decision”.
The DA has been asking the high court to rule that the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) decision in April 2009, that stop Zuma’s prosecution.
“Considering the situation in which he found himself, Mr Mpshe ignored the importance of the oath of office which commanded him to act independently and without fear and favour”, Aubrey Ledwaba said.
“It is thus our view that the envisaged prosecution against Mr Zuma was not tainted by the allegations against Mr McCarthy”.
“Mr Zuma should face the charges as outlined in the indictment”.
There has been series of legal hurricane against the President. Julius Malama leader of the Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF), has called for an impeachment.
The President allegedly spent $23 million of tax payers money to renovate his private estate located in Nkandla in KwaZulu_Natal province.
Some information of the controversial arms deal according to BBC:
- 1999: largest-ever post-apartheid arms deal announced with contracts totalling 30bn rand ($5bn; £2.5bn) to modernise national defence force
- Deal involved companies from Germany, Italy, Sweden, the UK, France and South Africa
- Allegations of bribery over deal dogged governments of President Jacob Zuma and predecessor Thabo Mbeki
- Mr Zuma’s former financial adviser Schabir Shaik convicted in 2005 for corruption over deal. Found guilty of trying to solicit bribe from Thint, local subsidiary of French arms firm Thales, on behalf of Mr Zuma – then deputy president. Released on parole on health grounds after serving just over two years
- Another official, Tony Yengeni, chairman of parliament’s defence committee at time of deal and ANC chief whip, convicted of fraud in 2003. Also freed on parole after serving five months of four-year sentence
- April 2016: commission of inquiry into deal found no further evidence of corruption or fraud.