South Africa will cover Zuma's legal fees

South Africa will cover Zuma's legal fees

South Africa will cover Zuma's legal fees

Former South African president Jacob Zuma has been summoned to appear in court on April 6 on charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

Earlier this month, the National Prosecuting Authority said it's pursuing 16 charges against Zuma.

However, a spokesperson for the elite Hawks police investigative unit told the eNCA news channel the date for the hearing had not yet been confirmed.

He resigned on February 14 when the ruling African National Congress party turned against him after a nine-year reign scarred by corruption allegations, an economic slowdown and diminished popularity.

He was deputy president at the time of the arms deal.

Zuma has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.

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Prosecutors in 2009 chose to drop the corruption charges against Zuma just months before he became president.

The City Press reported how former President Jacob Zuma is being investigated by the Hawks for allegedly accepting money from businessman Deon Larry in exchange for keeping Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana in his position after the August 2016 polls.

The state attorney has also revealed that the Presidency has spent R15.3 million on Zuma's legal battles.

Zuma is mounting a legal challenge against the NPA's decision to prosecute him, Hulley said. A year ago a court ruled against that decision, leading to the path to last month's decision to prosecute.

The charges relate to an arms deal in the 1990s and were originally thrown out almost a decade ago before Zuma successfully ran for president in 2009.

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