Zuma facing 783 counts of corruption over €2bn arms deal

President Jacob Zuma
Jacob Zuma

South Africa’s chief prosecutor has said he will charge former president Jacob Zuma with corruption over an arms deal.

Chief prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said he had notified the ex-president, who was forced to resign by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) last month, in writing.
“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. Mr Zuma disputes all the allegations. He faces 783 counts of corruption relating to a 30bn rand (€2bn) government arms deal in the late 1990s. They were filed but then dropped by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) shortly before Mr Zuma ran for president in 2009.

South Africa’s High Court reinstated the charges in 2016 and the Supreme Court upheld that decision last year, rejecting an appeal by Mr Zuma and describing the NPA’s initial decision to set aside the charges as “irrational”.