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South Africa High Court rescinds Zuma's appointment of state prosecutor

[JURIST] The High Court of South Africa [official website] ruled [decision, PDF] Friday that President Jacob Zuma's [BBC profile] appointment of a State Prosecutor who would decide whether to reinstate corruption charges against was invalid.

Zuma appointed Shaun Abrahams to be lead prosecutor in 2015 who would decide if corruption charges—more than 800 charges including a $1.5 billion arms deal—could be brought against the South African president. Judge Dunstan Mlambo invalidated the appointment, stating that "Zuma would be clearly conflicted in having to appoint a national director of public prosecutions, given the background ... and particularly the ever present spectre of the many criminal charges against him that have not gone away."

In its ruling the court also stated that Zuma shall not make another appointment to the position. Instead, the duty should fall to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, and an appointment shall be made within 60 days. Zuma's office said that it will appeal the decision, which potentially will be settled before the president steps down from power in 2019.

During his tenure in charge of South Africa, Zuma has been at the center of many corruption charges. In September the Pietermaritzburg High Court of South Africa ruled [JURIST report] that the 2015 election of a faction loyal to Zuma was invalid. In 2016 the High Court of South Africa ordered the release [JURIST report] of a report on corruption allegations against Zuma.

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