Cape Town (March 17, 2018): Former South African President Jacob Zuma will be charged with 16 counts of corruption, money laundering and racketeering, the country’s national prosecuting authority announced on Friday.
The charges relate to 783 questionable payments Zuma allegedly received in connection with a controversial multibillion-rand arms deal.On Friday, National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams said that there are “reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution” in Zuma’s case.
The charges were previously dropped in 2009 just before Zuma was sworn in as President.
Zuma, known as the “Teflon President” for his ability to survive repeated scandals through the years, stepped down in February amid a slew of corruption allegations. He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
The African National Congress (ANC), which had stood by Zuma for so long, dumped him as party president in favor of Cyril Ramaphosa, a 65-year-old millionaire former union leader, in December.Ramaphosa was duly confirmed as the country’s new president in February, bringing an end to Zuma’s scandal-plagued time in office.
Zuma was once a wildly popular figure who was celebrated as an anti-apartheid hero in Nelson Mandela’s realm.