Cat with nine live, that’s a phrase that has been used to describe former South African president, Jacob Zuma.
Chief Prosecutor Shaun Abrahams has however confirmed that Zuma will be facing prosecution for 16 charges of corruption.
Abrahams said he believed there were “reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution”.
The charges – which Zuma denies – include counts of fraud, racketeering and money laundering.
Zuma was forced to resign last month by his party, the ruling African National Congress (ANC).
Having been trailed for most of his time in office by charges of corruption, he was facing his ninth no-confidence vote in parliament before he left office.
The charges relate to a 30 billion rand ($2.5bn; £1.7bn) government arms deal in the late 1990s, before he became president.
According to the BBC, Zuma is alleged to have sought bribes from a French arms company to support an extravagant lifestyle. His financial adviser at the time was found guilty of soliciting those bribes in 2005 and Zuma was later sacked as deputy president.
He now faces one charge of racketeering, two charges of corruption, one charge of money laundering and 12 of fraud.
Shaun Abrahams, head of the National Prosecuting Authority, said a trial court was the appropriate place for the matter to be decided.
He dismissed representations made by Zuma asking that the charges be dropped.
The former ANC chief had argued that the charges against him were characterised by misconduct, “irrational behaviour” and media leaks on the part of prosecutors, Abrahams said.
Analysts say Zuma will do nothing but go down without a fierce fight.
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