French arms manufacturer Thales will face corruption charges alongside South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma when the latter appears in court soon to answer corruption charges involving a $2.0 billion arms deal in 1990s, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Friday.Zuma has denied all the charges.
“They (Thales and Zuma) are co-accused. When (Zuma) appears in court, they will appear in court together,” National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku told Agence France Presse.
Thales declined to make any immediate comment, according to the French news agency.
NPA head Shaun Abrahams announced that Zuma would go on trial on fraud, racketeering, corruption and money laundering charges.
In a media briefing, Abrahams said he considered representations from Zuma, via his legal team, but rejected the former president’s submission which contained allegations of prosecutorial misconduct and “inexplicable delays”.
“After consideration of the matter, I am of the view that there are reasonable prospects to successfully prosecute Mr Zuma on charges listed in the indictment,” Abrahams said.