FIGHTING 783 CHARGES IN COURT

FIGHTING 783 CHARGES IN COURT

President Jacob Zuma’s protracted legal battle to avoid prosecution on charges that include corruption, racketeering, money laundering and fraud, continues in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein on Thursday.

The charges stem from his alleged receipt of inducements to influence the award of contracts in the so-called Arms Deal in 1999, when the government bought military equipment to the value of R30-billion.

At the centre of the current legal dispute is the timing of the decision by the then acting National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mokotedi Mpshe, to institute fresh charges against Zuma in 2007. At the time, Zuma was involved in a leadership struggle with then president Thabo Mbeki. In the end, Mpshe decided, presumably to avoid any appearance of political entanglement, to postpone the serving of an indictment until after the ANC’s Polokwane conference at the end of that year.

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