12 Dec 2017
South African President Jacob Zuma has been issued a fresh deadline to the end of January 2018, by the country’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), to submit arguments on why he should not be prosecuted for corruption.
The 783 charges against Zuma relate to a 30 billion rand (2.20 billion dollars) government arms deal arranged in the late 1990s.
They were filed but then dropped by the NPA shortly before he ran for the presidency.
South Africa’s High Court reinstated the charges last year and the Supreme Court upheld that decision in October, rejecting an appeal by the South African leader and describing the NPA’s decision to set aside the charges as “irrational”.
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