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Zuma’s Lawyers Admit Prosecutors Erred When Dropping Charges

  • Appeals court reserves judgment in Zuma bribery application
  • Prosecutors may be compelled to reinstate 783 charges
Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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South African President Jacob Zuma’s lawyers conceded in a court hearing that a decision by prosecutors to drop bribery and corruption charges against him in 2009 was irrational, opening up the possibility that they will be reinstated.

Zuma’s lawyer gave the concession Thursday before the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein. It’s considering an appeal by the president’s legal team and the National Prosecuting Authority of a High Court ruling that the decision to drop 783 charges for fraud, corruption and racketeering, was irrational and they should be reinstated. The case was scrapped a month before Zuma became president after recorded phone calls indicated the lead investigator’s actions may have been politically motivated.