Jacob Zuma stay of prosecution application dismissed

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Former South African President Jacob Zuma looks on in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, May 20, 2019, JACKIE CLAUSEN/Getty Images)
Former South African president Jacob Zuma (R) arrives to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture that is probing wide-ranging allegations of corruption in government and state-owned companies in Johannesburg, on July 19, 2019. – Zuma, who started testifying on July 15, has rebuffed all accusations of wrongdoing and said he and his family had received death threats after his first appearance. (Photo by MIKE HUTCHINGS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read MIKE HUTCHINGS/AFP/Getty Images)

Former President Jacob Zuma will be going on trial for 18 charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering.

Former President Jacob Zuma has lost his bid to avoid prosecution for corruption charges that have been hanging over his head for more than a decade.

Judges Bhekisisa Mnguni, Thoba Poyo-Dlwati and Ester Steyn ruled against Zuma. He will now appear in the trial court on Tuesday where he will face corruption charges.

Zuma’s legal team relied on the National Prosecuting Authority’s 15-year delay to prosecute and political interference to secure a permanent stay of prosecution.

Zuma’s co-accused, French arms company Thales, also applied for a permanent stay of prosecution.

Thales is accused of agreeing to pay Zuma a yearly R500,000 bribe for protection from an investigation into the controversial multibillion-rand arms deal.

The alleged bribe was facilitated by Zuma’s former financial adviser‚ Schabir Shaik.

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