The charges relate to alleged corruption, racketeering, fraud and money laundering over a multibillion-dollar arms deal.
The number one citizen in South Africa has endured growing criticism focused on South Africa’s record unemployment and poor growth rate, he has also battled several corruption scandals while in office.
Giving the ruling today, the presiding judge, Justice Aubrey Ledwaba told the high court in Pretoria, “We seriously considered whether the appeal would have reasonable prospects of success and came to the conclusion that there are no merits in the arguments.”
“The applications for leave to appeal … are dismissed.” The judge ruled.
It would also be recalled in 2009, state prosecutors justified dropping the 783 charges by saying that tapped phone calls between officials in then president Thabo Mbeki’s administration showed undue interference in the case.
A decision which cleared the way for Zuma, leader of the African National Congress (ANC), to be elected as South Africa’s president just weeks later.
The tapped phone recordings, which became known as the “spy tapes”, were kept secret until they were released in 2014 after a legal battle fought by the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA).