South Africa's Zuma to face corruption trial after court denies stay of prosecution
11 Oct 2019
Former South African President Jacob Zuma addresses supporters in Johannesburg, South Africa. File photo/ Reuters
South African former President Jacob Zuma will stand trial on corruption charges relating to a $2.5 billion arms deal after court denied him a permanent stay of prosecution on Friday.
The ruling by Judge Jerome Mnguni in the Pietermaritzburg High Court paves way for Zuma's trial to start on Oct.15.
Zuma, who was in office from 2009-2018, had applied for a permanent stay of prosecution from 16 charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to a deal to buy 30 billion rand of European military hardware for South Africa's armed forces in the late 1990s.