COURT ALLOWS NEW TRIAL FOR ZUMA


A South African appeals court has ruled that Jacob Zuma, the leader of the governing ANC, can be recharged with corruption and fraud.

Judges overturned an earlier high court ruling dismissing charges against Mr Zuma, saying the judge had “overstepped” his authority.

Prosecutors can now reinstate the charges, which Mr Zuma denies.

The ANC says Mr Zuma will still lead the party into this year’s polls, so he is likely to become the next president.

The 16 charges of corruption, money-laundering and racketeering stem from a controversial $5bn 1999 arms deal.

The ANC said that while it respected the Bloemfontein appeals court ruling, “it is important to note that this judgement has nothing to do with the guilt or otherwise of the ANC president. Nor does it make any pronouncements on the merits of the charges previously brought by the NPA [National Prosecuting Authority].”

Mr Zuma has said he would only resign from public office if convicted. He could still be prosecuted if he became president.

SOURCED FROM BBC

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