Former SA President Jacob Zuma to appear in court on corruption charges April 6

South Africa’s former president, Jacob Zuma, is due to appear in court on April 6 to face charges of corruption in a years-old $2.5 billion arms deal, his lawyer said on Monday.

The National Prosecuting Authority earlier on March 16 said it would seek to prosecute Mr. Zuma on 16 charges, including fraud, racketeering, corruption and money laundering.

The case is a dramatic development on a continent where leaders rarely face their accusers in court.

“It was served at my Durban offices. The court date is April 6,” Michael Hulley said referring to the summons.

He declined to comment on how his client would respond.

Mr. Zuma has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.

Mr. 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.

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

Schabir Shaikh, his former financial adviser, was found guilty and jailed in 2005 for trying to solicit bribes for Mr. Zuma from a French arms company.

The previous charges were filed against Mr. Zuma but then dropped by the NPA shortly before he successfully ran for president in 2009.

Since his election nine years ago, his opponents have fought a lengthy legal battle to have the charges reinstated.

Mr.Zuma countered with his own legal challenges.

(Reuters/NAN)

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