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South Africa — Jacob Zuma Biggest Scandal Crimes, Charged To Court

On Friday, it was announced that Jacob Zuma, South Africa's former president, is scheduled to face trial a month after his forceful resignation from office. 

He has been charged for 16 fraud schemes.

Fraud schemes and scandals he has been charged for since he became president in 2009 include;

Nkandla residence embezzlement

Budget to carry out the so-called security upgrades in Zuma's Nkandla residence in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, was found out to be one of this fraud schemes. Instead of security upgrades, the money was used to build a swimming pool, amphitheatre, visitors centre and a cattle enclosure. The total expenditure was around $24 million. Definitely, that's taxpayers money embezzled.

According to the country's graft watchdog in 2014, Zuma benefited unduly from this budget, and urged him to refund some part of the money. However he resisted paying back some of the money. But in March 2016, the Constitutional Court ruled against his favour, and he suffered humiliation for failing to uphold the constitution.

HIV and rape charges.

Before Zuma became president in 2009, he was charged and tried for raping a 31-year old family friend in 2006. However Zuma stated that the sexual intercourse was without coercion, saying that it was on agreeable terms.

He also said that he took protective measures since the victim was HIV- positive, and the intercourse was unprotected, a statement that still baffles South Africans.

He was the head of the South African National AIDS Council back then. HIV/AIDS awareness were not properly introduced. Now 1 out of 5 South Africans between the age of 15 and 49 are living with HIV

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s arrest case.

Although an arrest warrant on war crime charges was made from the International Criminal Court for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, he was allowed to attend the African Union meeting in the Johannesburg, the capital of South Africa, in 2015. Zuma's government said that Bashir attending the meeting meant that he had immunity.
However the Country's Supreme Court in March 2016, stated that failing to arrest Bashir was illegal. But Zuma escaped impeachment in September 2016 as ANC members voted against it.

Illegal Arms deal.

When he was deputy President, Zuma was accused of signing a multi-billion dollar arms deal in 1999. He and other officials including his advisor, Schabir Shaik, were accused of collecting bribes from European arms manufacturers to change the choice of weaponry in the military.

The National Prosecuting Authority stated in March 2018, that Zuma would face prosecution on these charges involving corruption, fraud and money laundering schemes. In just arms deal alone, Zuma allegedly received payments amounting to $345,000.