Breaking: Former South Africa President Jacob Zuma Faces Corruption Trial

Former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, has been charged with 16 counts of corruption, the country’s Chief Prosecutor, Shaun Abrahams, has announced.

The charges include counts of fraud, racketeering and money laundering. The former president has severally denied the charges.

Making the announcement Friday, Mr Abrahams said he believed there were “reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution”.

This comes in the wake of extraordinary events that led to Zuma’s resignation as president last month after being ousted as leader of his party, the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

The charges relate to a 30bn rand ($2.5bn; £1.7bn) government arms deal in the late 1990s, before he became president.

Mr Zuma is alleged to have sought bribes from a French arms company leading to his sack as deputy president after his financial adviser was found guilty of soliciting bribes in 2005.

Former NPA boss Mokotedi Mpshe dropped the charges in 2009, based on the recordings of the so-called “spy tapes”, which were presented to him by Zuma’s legal team.

The former ANC chief had argued that the charges against him were characterised by misconduct, “irrational behaviour” and media leaks on the part of prosecutors.

But he now faces one charge of racketeering, two charges of corruption, one charge of money laundering and 12 of fraud.

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