Former South African president Jacob Zuma will be facing 16 counts of corruption, money laundering, and racketeering, CNN reports.
The news was announced by the National Prosecuting Authority director Shaun Abrahams, who added that everyone is equal under the law. He said:
This is coming a month after Zuma resigned from presidency, after facing intense pressure both from the populace and his party.
Abrahams said that he believes a trial court would be the most appropriate for issues like this, and that there are “reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution of Mr Zuma.” He said:
I am of the view that a trial court would be the most appropriate forum for these matters to be ventilated.
Justice must not only be done, but must also be seen to be done.
Zuma has consistently denied any wrongdoing on his party, saying he is innocent.