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Zuma to face corruption trial after court denies stay of prosecution

11 October 2019

Ajay, Atul, and Rajesh Gupta immigrated to South Africa in the 1990s, and due in large part to their generous donations to a political party and their reportedly close relationship with former South African President Jacob Zuma, their business interests expanded.

But the trial is now expected to begin on Tuesday after High Court Judge Willie Seriti ruled Zuma's "application for the permanent stay is dismissed".

Zuma, who was in office from 2009 to 2018, had applied for 16 charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering to be effectively struck out.

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In October a year ago, the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld a lower court ruling that the decision not to pursue the case was "irrational".

They both opposed the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s application to overturn the decision of then-NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe to drop the charges against the former president. They were dropped by prosecutors in 2009, shortly before Mr Zuma became president, and reinstated in 2016.

"The family has been implicated in several corrupt schemes in South Africa, allegedly stealing hundreds of millions of dollars through illegal deals with the South African government, obfuscated by a shadowy network of shell companies and associates linked to the family", the statement said.

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"There are also other avenues that the man might still use. he can still appeal so it's still going to drag", he told AFP, adding that the country may "not yet see him facing his alleged deeds".

Zuma was forced to resign from office previous year over a separate corruption scandal centred around the Gupta business family, who won lucrative contracts with state companies and were allegedly even able to choose cabinet ministers.

Zuma is also set to continue is testimony before the Zondo commission either on October 21 to 25 just a week after his criminal trial or on November 11 to 15. But he later agreed to return at a future date.

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Zuma to face corruption trial after court denies stay of prosecution