783 charges have been tabled against President Jacob Zuma. Ranging from rape, corruption, racketeering, fraud, violation of oath of office and many others.
The spy tapes saga is back in court, with Pres. Zuma’s lawyers arguing on Tuesday that dropping the charges against him in 2009 was not irrational.
The high court in Pretoria ruled in 2016 that Zuma should face charges of fraud, racketeering and corruption. Then head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Mokotedi Mpshe, dropped the charges against Zuma in 2009, saying they were politically motivated. But the court found in 2016 that this decision was irrational.
The high court refused the NPA and Zuma leave to appeal that ruling but they have now approached the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, saying that the high court was wrong.
Zuma also said that the charges against him could not simply be reinstated.
The Democratic Alliance has been in court since 2009 in an effort to have the charges reinstated, saying that the decision to drop them was irrational.