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Zuma spy tapes appeal dismissed with costs

JOHANNESBURG – The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein on Friday upheld the High Court’s ruling that had reinstated corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.

The President  was appealing a High Court ruling in April 2016 that ordered a review of a decision by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to set aside hundreds of corruption charges against Zuma.

That decision allowed Zuma to run for president in 2009. 

The case relates to the reinstatement of nearly 800 fraud and corruption charges against the president.

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In a surprise turn of events, President Zuma’s legal counsel admitted last month that the decision to withdraw the charges was irrational.

Former NPA head, Mokotedi Mpshe, made the decision in 2009 –shortly before Zuma began his first term as president.

The charges stem from the multi-billion rand arms deal.

– additional information Reuters.

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