Jacob Zuma to be prosecuted on corruption charges

Jacob Zuma resigned as South Africa's President in February.

Cape Town (CNN)Former South African President Jacob Zuma will be charged with 16 counts of corruption, money laundering and racketeering, the country's national prosecuting authority announced Friday.

The charges relate to 783 questionable payments Zuma allegedly received in connection with a controversial multibillion-rand arms deal.
On Friday, National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams said that there are "reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution" in Zuma's case.
    The charges were previously dropped in 2009 just before Zuma was sworn in as President.