Zuma should face 800 graft charges, court rules

Ruling piles pressure on South African president who has been facing months of criticism over corruption scandals

PRETORIA: South African President Jacob Zuma should face almost 800 corruption charges that were dropped in 2009, a judge said on Friday, piling further pressure on the embattled leader.

The charges, relating to a multibillion dollar arms deal, were dropped by the chief state prosecutor in a move that cleared the way for Zuma to be elected president.

“The decision ... to discontinue the charges against Mr Zuma is irrational and should be reviewed,” Pretoria High Court judge Aubrey Ledwaba said. Read more...

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