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Twitter Reacts: Zuma set to face 783 criminal charges

13 October 2017

On Friday 13 October 2017, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) rejected, with costs, President Jacob Zuma's appeal to get charges against him dropped in the South African President's extended battle to avoid prosecution for fraud and corruption.

Zuma and the NPA asked for leave to appeal a judgment of the Gauteng North High Court past year, which ruled in favour of the Democratic Alliance (DA), setting aside the 2009 decision by the NPA's former director of public prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe to discontinue the corruption case against Zuma on the basis of irrationality.

Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) were appealing against the High Court ruling, made in April 2016.

The judgment was handed down in Bloemfontein on Friday morning.

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Justice Leach, who only took eight minutes to hand down his ruling, said that manner in which the case was conducted on behalf of the NPA was inexcusable.

Leach says that in any event, Mpshe's decision stood to be set aside.

This overturned the NPA's original decision to drop almost 800 fraud and corruption charges against the president.

Legal expert James Grant reaffirmed Roux's sentiments, saying the decision on whether to prosecute Zuma falls in the court of the NPA and the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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Zuma's prosecution was discontinued by Mpshe - based on the "spy tapes".

Mpshe's decision was immediately challenged by the Democratic Alliance (DA) in a case that dragged on for 8 years.

Former prosecutions boss Mokotedi Mpshe withdrew criminal charges against Zuma in 2009, after considering representations from the president which included the so-called Spy Tapes.

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Twitter Reacts: Zuma set to face 783 criminal charges