NPA gives Zuma corruption case deadline

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President Jacob Zuma again hinted at plans to write a book about his life while addressing church leaders from the Interdenominational African Ministers Association in Port Elizabeth.

JOHANNESBURG – The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has given President Jacob Zuma until 30 November to make submissions before it decides whether to reinstate the18 charges with 783 counts, filed against him before he became president, it said on Friday.

The NPA said any further representations by Zuma should relate to issues not previously considered by authorities.

The Supreme Court of Appeal last Friday upheld a High Court ruling to reinstate the charges filed against Zuma.

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Charges were set aside in April 2009 by the then-head of the prosecuting authority, paving the way for Zuma to run for president later that year.

The ruling by the appeals court amplified calls for Zuma, 75, to step down before his term as president ends in 2019. A spokesman for Zuma was not immediately available.

Zuma has faced a series of corruption allegations, most recently over leaked emails that suggest his friends the influential Gupta family may have used their influence to secure state contracts for their companies.

Zuma and the Guptas deny wrongdoing.

Following last Friday&39;s ruling, the NPA was required to make a decision on the charges, which relate to a R30 billion government arms deal arranged in the 1990s.

Zuma requested the NPA to give him a chance to make representations before deciding whether to proceed against him.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane welcomed the NPA&39;s action but said in a statement: "We are of the belief that Jacob Zuma is being afforded special treatment... Any other person would be hauled before a court and charged.

It was unclear how long the NPA would take to decide on whether to charge Zuma after receiving his submissions. It was also unclear what would happen to the charges if the NPA decides not to proceed.