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'Charges against Zuma have in effect been reinstated'

An application by Jacob Zuma and the NPA to appeal an earlier Spy Tapes order has been dismissed.

FILE: South African President Jacob Zuma. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - The High Court in Pretoria has made it clear that the hundreds of fraud and corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma have in effect been reinstated.

This was the finding of the full bench when it dismissed the application by Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to appeal an earlier order in the ongoing Spy Tapes saga.

Last month the court found that the 2009 decision to stop the prosecution of Zuma was irrational and set it aside.

Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba ruled this morning the decision to prosecute this matter was not in the hands of prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams.

"The court had no obligation to make an order that the matter should be referred back to the NDPP for reconsideration."

Ledwaba referred to case law.

"The setting aside of the withdrawal of criminal charges has the effect that the charges are automatically reinstated," said Ledwaba.

The court found the applicants invented novel legal grounds for the application by misinterpreting sections of the judgment.