Former president Jacob Zuma has been formally charged with corruption, money laundering, fraud and racketeering. “There was an indictment served on my office today in respect to Mr Zuma,” his lawyer, Michael Hulley, confirmed on Monday afternoon. Zuma is expected to appear in the High Court in Durban on April 6. The indictment comes days after National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams announced that Zuma would face the criminal charges that were dropped in 2009. Hulley said they were busy preparing Zuma’s application to review Abrahams’s decision. This will likely delay the matter. Zuma is facing 16 charges — one count of racketeering, two counts of corruption, one count of money laundering and 12 counts of fraud. This is in relation to 783 questionable payments connected with the arms deal over which Zuma’s former financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, was jailed for corruption. The former president’s backers have vowed to stand by him and are likely to show their support ...

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