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Crunch time for Zuma corruption charges

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>> No decision will please all of the people.>> Finally some light relief for South Africa's leader Jacob Zuma. Prosecutors saying on Monday they will appeal against a High Court ruling to reinstate hundreds of old corruption charges against the president. If they're successful, Zuma will have one less scandal to worry about in the run-up to the August elections.
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Reuters correspondent Zandi in Pretoria has been watching the story.>> The National Prosecuting Authority just decided that they will appeal a Pretoria Court High decision last month to reinstate about 783 charges against President Jacob Zuma. The head of the NPA basically cited the fact that the decision by the High Court would negatively impact the independence of prosecutors in the country and their discretion on whether they can pursue or drop issues.
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>> The charges date back to the 2009 spy tape saga over a billion dollar arms deal. Originally, the were dropped by the MPA allowing Zuma to run for president that same month. They say Monday's decision is an attempt to shield the president and buy him more time before this year's elections.
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Zuma's facing mounting calls to quit even from within his own party. In December, he was condemned for changing his finance minister twice in one week, sending the plummeting and alarming investors. Last month, he survived an impeachment vote over state funds used to renovate his own home. But his luck will need to last another three months if we wants to serve another term.