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NPA’s victory against Thales takes it one step closer to putting former president Zuma on trial

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Former president Jacob Zuma.
Former president Jacob Zuma.
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The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has won a significant legal battle in its efforts to finalise the long-awaited corruption trial of former President Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales – as a full bench of the Kwazulu-Natal High Court endorsed its decision to prosecute Thales for racketeering.

The decision means that the State can pursue its case that Thales knew that Zuma's former financial advisor Schabir Shaik had made 783 payments to Zuma over a 10 year period between 1995 and 2005.

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