- Jacob Zuma has misled his supporters regarding the corruption charges against him
- He says he was acquitted of the charges
- However, this was never the case
Former president Jacob Zuma has claimed that the NPA insists on charging him with corruption despite five judges acquitting him.
This claim, however, is false and appears to be a deliberate attempt to mislead his supporters.
Zuma is currently on trial for charges of corruption, racketeering and money-laundering.
These charges stem from an arms deal with totaled billions of Rands.
Zuma has appeared in the Pietermaritzburg High Court this week, where his leagl team is trying to have the charges against him dismissed, according to Eyewitness News.
Speaking to his supporters on Monday, Zuma insisted incorrectly that judges had previously acquitted him of the charges related to the arms deal.
"Judges come and say Zuma doesn't have a case to answer to, then I get charges," he said. "Judges come again and say Zuma doesn't have a case to answer to, and they charge me again."
In reality, Zuma was never acquitted of these charges. In 2008, Judge Chris Nicholson ruled against the decision to prosecute Zuma, saying it was politically-motivated. However, the Supreme Court later overturned this ruling.
Likewise, the NPA dropped charges against the former president in 2009, but this too was later overturned when the Supreme Court found that the decision to drop the charges was invalid, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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