Court orders that Zuma must face corruption charges

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington Thursday Oct. 12 2017

A year ago the High Court in Pretoria found that the NPA should not have withdrawn the 783 counts based on the spy tapes' revelation that then head of the Scorpions, Leonard McCarthy and then head of the NPA, Bulelani Ngcuka schemed about the timing of indicting Zuma.

The supreme court of appeal opened the way for the reinstatement of bribery and corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma by upholding a lower court's ruling that a decision by prosecutors to drop them was "irrational".

However, in a supplementary affidavit Mpshe said he had been "untruthful". The decision now lies with the NPA.

But last month Zuma and the NPA made an about-turn and conceded that Mpshe's decision not to prosecute Zuma was irrational.

The National Prosecuting Authority and Mr JG Zuma are to pay such costs jointly and severally, the one paying the other to be absolved.

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It's now probably clear that the NPA should immediately reinstate charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering and corruption against Zuma.

"That is then correct, yes", Kemp replied at the time.

Since then, the DA has challenged the matter in court.

Zuma's prosecution was discontinued by Mpshe - based on the "spy tapes".

They revealed that McCarthy had consulted extensively with Ngcuka, a passionate Mbeki supporter, about when to indict Zuma - with a view, said Zuma, to bettering Mbeki's chances of winning the ANC elective conference in Polokwane.

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