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Decision to drop Jacob Zuma corruption charges should be reviewed, court rules

Jacob Zuma has denied the corruption allegations
Jacob Zuma has denied the corruption allegations

A South African court has ruled that a decision to drop 738 corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma should be reviewed.

Judge Aubrey Ledwaba's ruling allows prosecutors to re-open charges against Mr Zuma which are linked to a multibillion-dollar arms deal in 1999.

Mr Zuma has denied the corruption allegations.

The charges against him were dropped in 2009 shortly before the election in which he became president.

The current case was brought by the opposition party, the Democratic Alliance.

Mr Zuma is already under pressure over the decision by the Constitutional Court, South Africa's highest court, that he failed to uphold the constitution by not repaying state funds used to improve his private residence.

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