Former South African president Zuma to face corruption trial

Former President Jacob Zuma is seen inside the Pietermaritzburg High Court during his hearing for an application for a permanent stay of prosecution

Former President Jacob Zuma is seen inside the Pietermaritzburg High Court during his hearing for an application for a permanent stay of prosecution

Former president Jacob Zuma's application for a permanent stay of prosecution to his corruption case has been dismissed with costs.

Zuma's co-accused French arms company Thales in their application for a permanent stay of prosecution also argued that there had been an unreasonable delay in the prosecution and the company being charged along with Zuma was a "knee-jerk reaction by the NPA" to just lump similar charges faced by Zuma on them.

According to Zuma's senior counsel, Muzi Sikhakhane, prosecuting Shaik and then coming after his client was a trial-and-error approach by the national prosecutor.

He was president from 2009 to 2018, when he was forced to resign by the ruling African National Congress party amid separate allegations of corruption linked to the controversial Gupta family.

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The US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (Ofac) has sanctioned the Gupta family over leveraged overpayments on the South African government contracts, bribery, and other corrupt acts to fund political contributions and influence government actions.

Mr Zuma's legal team argued his court case had been prejudiced by long delays and there was political interference in his prosecution.

The 77-year-old has denied any wrongdoing and has said he is the victim of a politically motivated witch-hunt. He made no public statements, slipping out quietly instead of addressing a crowd of supporters as in past court appearances.

The scandals around Zuma also severely hurt investor confidence in South Africa's economy, the most developed in sub-Saharan Africa.

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