The ruling African National Congress (ANC) stated today that former South African President Jacob Zuma is innocent until proven guilty, and he will continue supporting the party " s campaign for the 2019 elections.
The charges relate to 783 questionable payments Zuma allegedly received in connection with the controversial multi-billion rand arms deal."I am of the view that there are reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution of Mr Zuma", embattled NPA boss Shaun Abrahams said on Friday.
The ANC secretary general assured that Zuma's situation will not affect the organization and "we will be able to create some platform for Zuma to try to offer and promote the clarity required by society".
Abrahams said the director of public prosecutions in KwaZulu-Natal will facilitate the process for Zuma to appear in court. A decade of soliciting bribes followed, which led to the incrimination of Zuma's financial advisor Schabir Shaik in 2005 and later Zuma himself was sacked as deputy president.
An NPA spokesperson said earlier this week that Zuma had already been informed of Mr Abraham's decision.
He became president shortly afterwards, but his opponents fought a lengthy legal battle to have them reinstated.
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Former president Jacob Zuma's lawyers are expected to apply for the case to be struck off the roll arguing that there was prosecutorial manipulation and misconduct.
President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed last week that the state had entered into an agreement with Zuma to pay for his legal defence.
"I don't think Zuma can stay out of court - there's too many charges hanging over him", independent political analyst and author Nomavenda Mathiane said ahead of the announcement. "That accountability starts now".
He survived several motions of no-confidence in parliament and the Constitutional Court said he breached the law by ignoring an order to repay some of the $16 million in state funds spent on renovating his home.
The Guptas and Zuma have denied any wrongdoing.