South Africa’s ex-leader Zuma to face corruption charges, says court

Former South African President Jacob Zuma leaves court during a break while facing charges that include fraudâ corruption and racketeering in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, May 20, 2019. — Reuters pic
Former South African President Jacob Zuma leaves court during a break while facing charges that include fraudâ corruption and racketeering in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, May 20, 2019. — Reuters pic

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 11 — South Africa’s scandal-plagued former president Jacob Zuma will face a corruption trial, a court ruled today, dismissing his application for a permanent stay of prosecution.

Zuma, who is accused of taking bribes from French defence company Thales in the 1990s, sought to have the case permanently dropped in March this year on the grounds that it was politically motivated.

But the trial is expected to begin on Tuesday after High Court judge Willie Seriti ruled that Zuma’s “application for the permanent stay is dismissed with costs”. — AFP

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