SOUTH AFRICA COURT BACKS RE­IN­STAT­ING ZUMA

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A South African court on Fri­day dealt a le­gal blow to Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, open­ing the way to the re­in­state­ment of 783 charges of cor­rup­tion and fraud against him. The Supreme Court of Ap­peal up­held a lower court’s rul­ing that a 2009 de­ci­sion by state pros­e­cu­tors to drop the charges against Zuma was ir­ra­tional. The pres­i­dent, who has faced calls for his res­ig­na­tion be­cause of a se­ries of scan­dals, and the Na­tional Prose­cut­ing Au­thor­ity had ap­pealed the lower court’s rul­ing. The hun­dreds of cor­rup­tion charges against Zuma were ini­tially in­sti­tuted in 2005 be­fore he be­came pres­i­dent and af­ter for­mer busi­ness part­ner Shabir Shaik was con­victed of fraud and cor­rup­tion, ac­cord­ing to the ap­peals court.

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