Jacob Zuma Zooms Around Corruption Charges

The possibility of “imminent” corruption charges being filed against Jacob Zuma, who was elected head of the African National Congress, raised new issues concerning his bid for the presidency of South Africa. His financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, is already serving a 15 year sentence after being found guilty of taking bribes. Initial corruption charges against Zuma were halted in September, but due to a continuing vigorous investigation, it appears the basis for an indictment now exists. Acting national director of public prosecutions, Mokotedi Mpshe, said, “the investigation is complete. All that we are doing now is to tie the loose ends. The investigation, with the evidence we have now, points to a case that can be taken to court.”

Zuma indicated he wanted his day in court to present his version regarding the allegations of corruption. At a press conference, he stated his willingness to work with outgoing President Thabo Mbeki, despite the acrimonious relationship between the two leaders of the African National Congress. In response to questions about Zimbabwe, Zuma made vague remarks that he continued hoping there would be changes in the collapsed nation ruled by Robert Mugabe, but he opposed sanctions against the country. “We are going to continue with quiet diplomacy.”

It is unusual for a presidential candidate in any nation have to spend time in court responding to charges of corruption. The more intriguing question is what would happen if Zuma was convicted as well as winning the election to the presidency? Could he pardon himself?

  • bouna

    I doubt if any country would elect a corrupt leader knowingly.South Africa knows that they have one such aspiring leader under cloud of suspicion. If they choose to to elect such a person that tells the state of intelligence of such people. I don’t think it should be allowed. South Africa has come a long way. South Africa should stand out as a respected member of the nations of the world unlike Zimbabwe,being ran by a madman, who has impoverished his people to annihilation.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    Unfortunately, we Americans elected a man to the presidency whose lies cost the lives of thousands. Each country has its own sad tale of who was elected to leadership.