Published: Fri, October 11, 2019

South Africa's ex-leader Zuma to face corruption charges: court

South Africa's ex-leader Zuma to face corruption charges: court

Former president Jacob Zuma's application for a permanent stay of prosecution to his corruption case has been dismissed with costs.

He sought in March to have the case dropped, maintaining it was politically motivated and that a 15-year delay would result in an unfair trial.

The fact that there have been reasonable delays in getting this case to trial and he argued that this has prejudiced him and made him a victim of mob justice by the NPA.

But the trial is now expected to begin on Tuesday after High Court Judge Willie Seriti ruled Zuma's "application for the permanent stay is dismissed".

In 2005, Zuma's former financial adviser Schabir Shaik Shaik was found guilty of fraud and corruption for the same payments The 77-year-old's trial is scheduled to being on October 15.

The judges blamed both Zuma and the state for the "systemic" delays, saying that "both parties are equally liable as they both participated in the litigation leading to the delay".

"As a result of today's action, all property and interests in property of the individuals named above, and of any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50% or more by them, individually, or with other designated persons, that are in the United States or in the possession or control of USA persons, are blocked and must be reported to OFAC", said the statement issued by the US Treasury on Thursday.

"The family has been implicated in several corrupt schemes in South Africa, allegedly stealing hundreds of millions of dollars through illegal deals with the South African government, obfuscated by a shadowy network of shell companies and associates linked to the family", the statement said. Political analyst Xolani Dube warned that Zuma could lodge an "urgent" appeal. Zuma also appeared before a judicial inquiry in July that is probing allegations he organised a systematic plunder of government coffers in a scandal known as "state capture". The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday announced sanctions against three Gupta family members. But he later agreed to return at a future date.

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