Zuma court date set

Emmett Rice
March 27, 2018

Disgraced former South African president Jacob Zuma could appear in court within weeks on charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering in connection with a decades-old $5 billion arms deal, reports said Sunday.

Earlier this month, the National Prosecuting Authority said it's pursuing 16 charges against Zuma.

"The case is going to be heard on April 6 at the Durban High Court".

However, a spokesperson for the elite Hawks police investigative unit told the eNCA news channel the date for the hearing had not yet been confirmed.

Former president Jacob Zuma is allegedly being probed by the Hawks after claims emerged that he allegedly received a R1 million bribe to keep a cabinet minister in office.

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He was deputy president at the time of the arms deal.

Zuma, who was forced to resign by his ruling African National Congress in February, was at the centre of a 1990s deal to buy European military kit that has cast a shadow over politics in South Africa for years.

Zuma is mounting a legal challenge against the NPA's decision to prosecute him, Hulley said.

The NPA announced this month that it would reinstate fraud and corruption charges against Zuma over the spy tapes issue, where it is also alleged that he accepted bribes on several matters.

Mr Ramaphosa said in a statement on Thursday that an agreement had been struck to continue the payments until a court finds Mr Zuma had acted in his personal capacity rather than as head of state. Last year, the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed Zuma's appeal of this order.

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