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South Africa: Corruption Charges Add to Pressure on Zuma

On 29 April the Pretoria High Court found that former National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mokotedi Mpshe’s April 2009 decision to discontinue the case against President Jacob Zuma was irrational, and that Zuma should face the charges set out in the indictment. The ruling is another significant blow to Zuma, but given that an appeal is likely, it will not have an immediate impact on his position. However, Zuma’s efforts to avoid a trial on these charges will continue to damage the integrity and independence of state institutions, such as the National Prosecuting Authority and the judiciary. They will also distract from the government’s efforts to implement key policy initiatives required to stimulate the economy.

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