After Losing Presidency, Jacob Zuma To Appear In Court On Corruption Charges
Former South African President, Jacob Zuma’s political travails are not over yet.
Barely two months after he was ousted by his ruling African National Congress, ANC from the Presidency, Zuma will be heading to court to defend himself over corruption allegations.
Zuma’s lawyers said on Monday that the former president is due to appear in court on April 6 to face charges of corruption in a years-old $2.5 billion arms deal.
South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority earlier this month said it would seek to prosecute Zuma on 16 charges, including fraud, racketeering, corruption and money laundering.
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Zuma has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.
Zuma, who was forced to resign by his ruling African National Congress last month, was at the centre of a 1990s deal to buy European military kit that has cast a shadow over politics in South Africa for years.
Zuma was deputy president at the time of the arms deal. Schabir Shaikh, his former financial adviser, was found guilty and jailed in 2005 for trying to solicit bribes for Zuma from a French arms company.
The previous charges were filed against Zuma but then dropped by the NPA shortly before he successfully ran for president in 2009.
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