Opinion: What happens now that Zuma's charges have been reinstated?

Opinion: What happens now that Zuma's charges have been reinstated?

Editor's note: Now that the NPA has given the green light for charges to be reinstated against Zuma, what happens next is not clear. Briefly.co.za editor, Stefan Mack, takes a look at what lies in store for the former president and South Africa.

Shaun Abrahams, head of the NPA, made his long-awaited announcement that Jacob Zuma would once again face the charges of corruption which were levelled at him before he became president.

If you are expecting a trial date in the near future you are most likely going to be disappointed, Zuma's legal team will more than likely frustrate the process and cause a number of delays before the matter is heard in court.

It is also uncertain what the NPA has in terms of a case and evidence. What is known is that as many as 200 witnesses may be called on to testify.

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Will the police arrest Zuma?

Law experts believe that it is highly unlikely that Zuma will be arrested since the case has been in the works for over 10 years and there is no particular sense of urgency at the moment.

His day in Court

The NPA still has to confirm a date and the Abrahams dealing with allegations that he has a conflict of interest, in this case, it may be a while before a date is decided upon.

South African courts face a serious backlog of cases and it might be months or years before Zuma enters a courtroom.

Ulrich Roux, an attorney, said that it could be as long as four years until Zuma is finally sentenced. Zuma would be 80-year-old and the minimum sentence for the kind of corruption he is accused of is 15 years.

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