NPA reinstates charges against Jacob Zuma

"After consideration of the matter, I am of the view that there are reasonable prospects of successful prosecution of Mr Zuma on the charges listed in the indictment", Mr Abrahams said.

In September a year ago, Zuma's legal team and the NPA conceded before the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein that the decision to drop the charges in 2009 was irrational. Schabir Shaikh, his former financial adviser, was found guilty and jailed in 2005 for trying to solicit bribes for Zuma from a French arms company.

He will be prosecuted in a corruption case related to 30 billion rand arms deal in the late 1990s.

"It's been the former president's strategy to use every legal loophole to actually avoid having his case being heard in court", de Vos said.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane meanwhile reacted to the news of the charges against Zuma being reinstated saying it was a triumph for South Africa, but adding that the state must still pay Zuma's legal costs. The appeal was rejected. Previous answers to parliamentary questions have revealed that the total amount spent on Zuma's so-called Stalingrad campaign was an estimated R32.4-million. "If he has the money for lawyers, he could stay out of court forever". The newspaper quoted a source familiar with Zuma's representations on why he shouldn't be charged who said the former president believed he was innocent and questioned the timing of the charges.

Speaking to Radio 702 shortly after the Abrahams announced that Zuma would face charges in court‚ Mpshe said he did not regret his decision - despite being fingered as the man who got it wrong‚ and who was singled out by name during Abrahams's 11-minute long announcement.

The reinstated charges aren't Zuma's only headache. An inquiry on the influence-peddling allegations is due to start soon.

  • Jon Douglas