>> The former President of South Africa has been charged with corruption. The move against Jacob Zuma seen as a stunning judicial ruling on a continent where political big men rarely face their day in court. The 75-year-old was charged on Friday over a $2.5 billion state arms deal. Only last month he was forced to resign by the ruling African National Congress after he was found to be at the center of the deal to buy European military kit.
It cast a shadow over politics in Africa's most industrialized economy for years. While Friday's charges come as a surprise for some, the chief state prosecutor said Zuma's attempts to head off the claims that have been hanging over him for more than a decade had failed. He now faces a criminal court for 16 charges relating to over 780 instances of alleged wrongdoing.
Zuma, then Deputy President, was linked to the arms deal through a former financial advisor who was jailed for corruption. Counts were filed, but then dropped by prosecutors shortly before Zuma successfully ran for president in 2009. Since then, his opponents have fought a lengthy battle to have the charges reinstated.
Zuma denies all wrongdoing.>>