Zuma to face corruption trial after court denies stay of prosecution  

The charges relate to a R37bn arms deal.
Former President Jacob Zuma stands trial after the court denied his application for permanent stay of prosecution from charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering. Image: Refilwe Modise

South African former President Jacob Zuma will stand trial on corruption charges relating to a R37 billion arms deal after court denied him a permanent stay of prosecution on Friday.

The ruling by Judge Jerome Mnguni in the Pietermaritzburg High Court paves way for Zuma‘s trial to start on October 15.

Zuma, who was in office from 2009-2018, had applied for a permanent stay of prosecution from 16 charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to a deal to buy R30 billion of European military hardware for South Africa’s armed forces in the late 1990s.

The 77-year-old has denied any wrongdoing and has said he is the victim of a politically motivated witch-hunt.

The charges against Zuma were originally filed a decade ago but then set aside by the National Prosecuting Authority shortly before he successfully ran for president in 2009.

After his election, his opponents fought a lengthy legal battle to have the charges reinstated, finally succeeding in 2016. Zuma countered with his own legal challenges. 

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Great news – let’s HOPE they get it right for once and stop pussy-footing around with this bloke!

Knowing the legal system this will carry on forever.

Can we fast track some of the state capture cases? This will boost confidence in our country and its institutions.

Imagine if these Corrupt state officials were flagged before they took any level of responsibility for a country. Sad state of affairs is that there are many more officials in leadership posts who should never have been given the responsibility.

With a dysfunctional NPA that has no capacity this will go nowhere. Time for our beloved chief justice to also start pulling the finger out.

The more publicity this case get the worse SA looks. I mean it’s been going for over a decade now. That really shows how they are dealing with corruption. They are not.

Everybody involved can give you a hundred excuses why the case is dragged out.

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