Zuma summonsed for corruption charges

The former president left is catching up with relatives since leaving office

South African police would this week issue former president Jacob Zuma with a court summon relating to corruption charges over a years-old 2.5 billion dollars arms deal, a spokesman for the Hawks investigative crime unit said.

Zuma and French arms company Thint have both been served with a summons to appear at the Durban High Court‚ and will therefore not be required to apply for bail.

Zuma stepped down under pressure from his ruling African National Congress party in the wake of a slew of corruption scandals.

Local media said Zuma's lawyers will try to halt the case by appealing against the reinstatement of the charges, which date back to the 1990s.

The Hawks were investigating the bribery claims against Zuma, Zokwana, Dlamini, and Ndudane, said spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi.

Mr Ramaphosa said in a statement on Thursday that an agreement had been struck to continue the payments until a court finds Mr Zuma had acted in his personal capacity rather than as head of state.

The 16 counts were filed against Zuma but then dropped by the NPA shortly before he successfully ran for president in 2009.

These charges were shelved nine years ago amid allegations of political interference.

The NPA announced that Zuma will face 16 charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering and racketeering for his alleged involvement in bribes related to the arms deal.

According to TimesLive, it is not clear which court this will be, and Zuma's legal team is still expected to challenge the decision by national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) Shaun Abrahams to prosecute him.

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