Zuma to fight back on corruption charges

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Former South African President, Jacob Zuma.

Lawyers representing South Africa’s former President, Jacob Zuma have said they will challenge the State prosecutor’s decision to charge him with corruption.

Mr Zuma was issued with court summons in connection with a multi-billion dollar arms deal on Monday.

Reports quotes Mr Zuma’s lawyer, Michael Hulley as saying “we are preparing an application to review the NDPP’s (National Director of Public Prosecution) decision to prosecute (Zuma)”.

Investigators have moved swiftly to charge Mr Zuma since he lost power.

It’s alleged a French arms company paid a bribe as protection from being investigated.

The State believes the money which Mr Zuma allegedly received was to be used to pay for renovations at the former president’s home in Nkandla.

Mr Zuma has denied any wrongdoing.  He’s expected to appear in court next week.

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