Zuma can no longer avoid corruption charges - Sara Gon

The Hawks have yet to confirm when former President Jacob Zuma will make his first court appearance.

According to weekend reports, Zuma is to be issued with a summons to appear in court for corruption charges on 6 April but the investigative unit says there are some administrative delays in the issuing of the summons which should be finalised soon.

The former president faces 16 charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering related to 783 payments from his former adviser Shabir Shaik.

Ray White spoke to policy fellow of the Institute of Race Relations in South Africa Sara Gon.

The work has been done from a point of view of investigating the matter, the details are there and it is really a question of whether there is any way he can drag it out.

Sara Gon, Institute of Race Relations, South Africa

Essentially the process has started, and at the end of the day, the only way out would be to be found not guilty.

Sara Gon, Institute of Race Relations, South Africa

Fresh claims have emerged about a R1 million cash bribe transferred to Zuma, from a Western Cape abalone dealer in exchange for keeping Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana in his Cabinet.

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Gon says if Zuma is found guilty in this instance, it may be enough for a conviction.

This particular issue, if it is dealt with on its own, if found guilty of a criminal offence, would put Jacob Zuma in prison without necessarily having to go all the way down the line with this range of charges that have existed for 16 years.

Sara Gon, policy fellow of the Institute of Race Relations in South Africa

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