Court rules South African President Jacob Zuma should face corruption charges

Court rules South African President Jacob Zuma should face corruption charges

The Supreme Court of Appeal agreed with a lower court ruling about reviving charges relating to an arms deal in 1999

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Supreme Court of Appeal in South Africa has ruled Jacob Zuma should face corruption charges. 

The ruling concurs with a decision made last year that prosecutors should revive a series of charges against the South African President, regarding his alleged involvement in an arms deal in 1999, and opens the way for Zuma to stand trial.

The allegations centre on Zuma's relationship with businessman Shabir Shaik, who was convicted of seeking bribes from a French arms company - supposedly for the former's benefit. 

Zuma was himself indicted for corruption in 2005 in relation to the arms deal, but the charges against him, which included racketeering, money laundering, and fraud, were put aside four years later, allowing him to contest and win the presidency. 

The South African leader has always maintained his innocence, and in a statement, expressed his disappointment with the court's ruling.