South African court dismisses Zuma’s corruption trial challenge

President Jacob Zuma gestures during his question and answer session in Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings


South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma has failed in his legal attempt to get a decision on whether or not he should face trial for corruption taken to the Supreme Court.

Last month, the High Court in Pietermaritzburg ruled that he should go on trial on charges relating to an arms deal made in the 1990s.

Mr Zuma’s lawyers wanted to challenge that decision saying that the Supreme Court could reach a different decision, but the High Court has just dismissed that attempt.