Johannesburg: The Hawks say it will serve former President Jacob Zuma with Court papers after conducting an investigation amid allegation of bribery and corruption.
It is understood that Zuma allegedly accepted an estimated R1 million bribe from a Western Cape Abalone dealer in exchange for keeping Senzeni Zokwana in his post as Agriculture Minister in 2016.
According to reports Zuma is expected to appear in court on April 6 on 16 charges, including corruption, racketeering, and fraud.
This comes days after Abrahams announced that the NPA would prosecute Zuma for the charges against him, which stem from 783 questionable payments he received from his former financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, alleged to have been bribes received in exchange for advancing Shaik’s business interests in government.
Shaik was convicted of fraud and corruption, but the charges against Zuma were controversially dropped in 2009. But the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled last year that the NPA’s decision to do so at the time was unlawful.
Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) president Sdumo Dlamini has also been implicated but has strongly denied any wrongdoing.
Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed to News24 that Zuma’s lawyers would receive a summons this week.
A Johannesburg based weekly newspaper has revealed that Zuma’s legal team is still expected to challenge the decision by national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) Shaun Abrahams to prosecute him.
At this point, the Hawks has not given any clarity on the date set for Zuma to appear in court following an allegation of corruption leveled against him.