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Zuma to face charges relating to corruption, fraud, money laundering

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Former president Jacob Zuma has been served with summons to appear before the Durban High Court on corruption charges on 6 April.

His lawyer Michael Hulley has confirmed receipt of the summons on Monday, 26 March.

The charges relate to a corrupt deal in which the former president is alleged to have to have received bribes amounting to R500 000 from French arms company, Thint. According to reports Zuma was paid the bribe in order to shield Thint from any possible arms deal investigations.

The summons comes after National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head, Shaun Abrahams announced earlier this month that the NPA had taken the decision to reinstate corruption charges against Zuma.  The charges include those related to money laundering, fraud and corruption.

Zuma has maintained his innocence even though his former financial adviser Shabir Shaik was convicted for corruption.

Hawks spokesperson, Hangwani Mulaudzi, confirmed that they have several witnesses who are willing to testify in the matter.

Several ANC members in KwaZulu-Natal have vowed to support Zuma, emphasising however, that it will be in their personal capacity and not under the party banner.

The former president is expected to challenge the decision to nullify a decision by former NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe, who dropped the case nearly a decade ago and paved the way for Zuma to become president of the country.

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