Timeline: How Zuma beat corruption charges
01 March 2016, 17:14
Cape Town – A brief timeline of the events that led to
allegations against President Jacob Zuma and the subsequent dropping of charges
September 9, 1999: Patricia de Lille, now DA mayor of Cape
Town but then a Pan Africanist Congress MP, tells Parliament the multi-billion
rand arms deal could be suspect.
November 29, 2002: The Mail & Guardian reports Jacob
Zuma is being investigated (Zuma was not president yet).
August 23, 2003: Former National Director of Public
Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka says there is a prima facie case against Zuma, but
it can't be won.
September 7, 2003: City Press runs a story headlined: 'Was
Ngcuka a spy?' saying the ANC had investigated him during the 1980s on
suspicion of being a spy. The Hefer Inquiry can't establish this and the claim
that he misused the prosecuting authority falls away.
July 25, 2004: Ngcuka resigns.
June 2, 2005: Zuma's financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, is
found guilty on two counts of fraud and one of corruption.
June 14, 2005: Former president Thabo Mbeki says he has
"released" Zuma from his position as deputy president. Ngcuka's wife,
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is made deputy president.
May 8, 2006: Zuma is acquitted on a charge of rape.
September 25, 2007: Ngcuka's successor, Vusi Pikoli, is
suspended by Mbeki in a row over the arrest of police commissioner Jackie
Selebi. Mokotedi Mpshe becomes acting NDPP.
December 18, 2007: Zuma beats Mbeki to the post of president
of the ANC.
December 28, 2007: Zuma is charged with fraud, corruption,
money laundering and racketeering.
May 2008: Scorpions boss, Leonard McCarthy, claimed by
Zuma's lawyers to be the man driving the prosecution against him, resigns and
leaves for a job overseas.
September 12, 2008: Judge Chris Nicholson grants Zuma's
application to have corruption charges dismissed and agrees there are signs of
September 20, 2008: Mbeki stands down as president. Kgalema
Motlanthe holds the fort until elections in 2009.
January 12, 2009: The Supreme Court of Appeals sets aside
Nicholson's judgment and Zuma has to go back to the drawing board.
February 10, 2009: Zuma's lawyers start representations to
the NDPP to present new reasons not to go ahead with the prosecution.
February 20, 2009: Oral representations made to the NDPP.
April 6, 2009: Mpshe announces that charges against Zuma
will be dropped. He reads transcripts of phone conversations between McCarthy
and Ngcuka, who at one stage says to McCarthy, "you made my day",
after finding out that Zuma will be re-charged.
These phone conversations are part of the so-called
"spy tapes". The DA is asking the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday
for a review application of the decision to drop the charges against Zuma,
arguing it was an irrational decision.
April 7, 2009: The case against Zuma is withdrawn in the High
Court in Durban.
May 9, 2009: Zuma is sworn in as president.