D-day for Zuma to explain why he should escape corruption charges

File: President Jacob Zuma faces several charges related to the multi-billion rand arms deal. Photo: Flickr: @GovernmentZA/GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Wednesday marks the deadline for President Jacob Zuma to make fresh representations to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on why he should not face prosecution for corruption.

In December, NPA head Shaun Abrahams gave Zuma a reprieve by extending the deadline which was initially set at November 30

Zuma faces charges of corruption, fraud, money-laundering and racketeering after the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed the president's appeal of a High Court ruling, declaring the NPA's 2009 decision to drop the charges irrational.

READ: NPA says Abrahams is not Zuma's 'puppet'

The charges concern the multi-billion rand arms deal. 

Zuma's former financial advisor, Schabir Shaik was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2005 for similar charges related to the same matter while Zuma escaped prosecution because some in the NPA felt the timing of the charges were political. 

The president's legal team had asked Abrahams for an opportunity to make representations before it decides whether to prosecute him. 

 

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