Rewind to 2005: Jacob Zuma has been charged

Zuma not getting special treatment – NPA head        By DESTINY REPORTER

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South Africa's former president Jacob Zuma will be charged with corruption over a massive arms deal in the 1990s. He added that before he can make a public announcement on his decision, he first has to inform Zuma of it.

In 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) dropped all charges against Zuma, saying recordings of intercepted telephone calls, known popularly as the "Spy Tapes" showed his prosecution was being manipulated for political ends. The court rejected Casac's arguments.

Chief state prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said: "After consideration of the matter, I am of the view that there are reasonable prospects of successful prosecution of Mr Zuma on the charges listed in the indictment".

Abrahams's decision is expected to pave the way forward on the corruption allegations against Zuma, dating back more than a decade.

The prosecutions boss will have already informed the former president.

Zuma faces 18 charges‚ involving 783 incidents‚ of racketeering‚ corruption‚ money laundering and fraud.

It has since emerged that under Zuma, the Presidency paid out millions of rand on legal costs relating to the National Prosecuting Authority's decision to drop charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering against him.

"The NDPP has received the memorandum outlining the recommendations of the team, he will peruse it and advise on the way forward in due course", NPA spokesperson Advocate Luvuyo Mfaku said in an advisory to media.

Zuma, who was also implicated in a succession of other scandals, resigned on February 14 under pressure from the ANC following its election of a new leadership in December.



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