South Africa high court allows Zuma documents in possible corruption trial

  • South Africa
  • 11/09/2007
  • Gabriel Haboubi - Jurist

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that warrants for documents seized from former Deputy President Jacob Zuma were lawfully obtained, and could be used against him in any potential corruption trial. The court heard arguments in the case, filed by the country’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), in September. The decision overturns a 2006 lower court ruling that the documents were inadmissible because police did not follow proper procedures in obtaining the warrants.

The NPA has alleged that Zuma received bribes from arms manufacturer Thint, a subsidiary of the France-based Thales Group. Zuma, who was reinstated as the African National Congress deputy president after being acquitted of rape charges last year, has indicated his intention to run against South African President Thabo Mbeki in the 2009 presidential election. Reuters has more.