Corruption charges against Jacob Zuma are not something new. He was tried for corruption in 2005 in regards for a controversial multi-million dollar arms deal. But, the charges were dropped. Right now, the prosecutors are investigating new charges against Jacob Zuma.
According to the reports, racketeering and tax evasion will be included amongst new charges to be brought against Jacob Zuma. Currently, Zuma’s position would put him in a strong position to run for South Africa’s president in 2009.
“The Directorate of Special Operations (Scorpions) served on Mr Jacob Zuma an indictment to stand trail in the High Court on various counts of racketeering, money laundering, corruption and fraud,” said Michael Hully, attorney to Mr. Zuma.
“According to the indictment… the trial is to proceed on 14 August 2008,” he added.
“These charges will be vigorously defended, in the context of the belief that the Scopions have acted wrongly and with improper motive calculated to discredit Mr Zuma and ensure that he plays no leadership role in the political future of our country,” he added in a later statement.
In the previous year, Mr. Zuma was acquitted on the charges of rape. The trial temporarily suspended him from duties to the ANC.
Supporters of Zuma said that this is a political conspiracy against him.