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Spy Tapes: Zuma to face 783 corruption charges

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By Bekithemba Ndebele

The Pretoria High Court has ruled that the decision to drop charges on the spy tapes saga against President Jacob Zuma in 2009 was irrational. Hence, the decision to charge Zuma with 783 corruptions charges will be brought back to court.

In 2009, the Nation Prosecuting authority (NPA) dropped charges against President Jacob Zuma, stating that recordings of intercepted telephone calls showed his prosecution was being manipulated for political ends. However, the Democratic Alliance (DA) over the years have argued that President Zuma has to face the trail on the corruption charges against him involving the “Spy tapes” saga.

In the finding, the court noted that the former acting prosecutions boss Mokotedi Mpshe’s explanation for his decision to drop the charges was “disingenuous.” The findings means that Mr Zuma will be faced with 783 charges.

In 2009, the former National Prosecuting authority (NPA)’s acting head announced that, “It does not matter that the team acted properly, honestly fairly and justly throughout.”

The judgment see President Jacob Zuma losing another court case, as his now set to face corruption charges. The reinstatement of corruption charges was found by the full bench led by Judge Aubrey Ledwaba which also found that the acting National director of Public Prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe had acted “impulsively and irrationally” when he decided to drop the charges against President Zuma.