South Africa’s court rules Zuma appointment of state prosecutor invalid

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Jacob Zuma responds to questions during a media conference in Johannesburg, April 21, 2009. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Jacob Zuma responds to questions during a media conference in Johannesburg, April 21, 2009. REUTERS

The South African High Court on Friday ruled President Jacob Zuma’s appointment of a state prosecutor responsible for the decision whether to reinstate corruption charges against him was invalid and must be immediately set aside.

“The appointment of Shaun Abrahams as the National Director of Public Prosecutions is reviewed, declared invalid and set aside,” Judge President Dunstan Mlambo said in a ruling at the Pretoria High Court.

In October the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld an earlier decision by a lower court that the nearly 800 corruption charges filed against Zuma before he became president be reinstated.

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