President Jacob Zuma will now face 783 charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering.
This follows Judgement by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein on Friday.
Justice Eric Leach has dismissed an appeal by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and Zuma against North Gauteng High Court order which set aside the decision last year to drop charges against the president.
The appeal was dismissed with costs.
This case has been ongoing since April 6, 2009, when the then Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Advocate Moketedi Mpshe, announced that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) would be discontinuing the prosecution of Jacob Zuma on 783 charges of corruption, fraud, money-laundering and racketeering.
The ANC said in a statement it would study the judgment and await further decisions from the affected parties before making a comprehensive statement on this matter.
Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane welcomed the decision by SCA, saying the judgment was a victory for South Africa.
In this light, said Maimane, the DA will be writing to the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Shaun Abrahams, insisting that Jacob Zuma is served with an indictment and appears in court at the soonest available date.
Maimane said Advocate Abrahams must commit to reinstating all 783 charges, and furnish the people of South Africa with a date by which these charges will be processed.
“Abrahams must give us a response within 10 days. The charges have been formulated and the evidence is ready. We now await a trial date,” said Maimane.
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said it welcomed SCA judgment to reject Zuma’s appeal to challenge the High Court decision.
EFF National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said Zuma must step down and face the full might of the law.
Ndlozi said the best way to restore the integrity of the NPA, was for the prosecution to proceed and charge Zuma.
“Zuma’s continued occupation of office undermines the ability to uphold the rule of law,” said Ndlozi.