Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has said he feels vindicated by a court ruling reviving corruption charges against his rival, Jacob Zuma. Mr Mbeki said the appeals court was right to overrule a judge who suggested he had interfered in the case against the African National Congress leader.

mbeki-vindicatedThat judgement led the ANC to order Mr Mbeki’s resignation as president. Mr Mbeki said lying for political gain was becoming entrenched in South Africa and it would corrupt society.

On Monday, the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein said state prosecutors could resurrect their corruption case against Mr Zuma, who is tipped to become South Africa’s next president after general elections due this year.

Mr Zuma denies the charges and has unwavering support from the ANC leadership, the trade unions and Communist Party. His supporters have always said that a series of charges against him were part of a plot to prevent him becoming president.



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