Former South Africa President Jacob Zuma (photo credit: Pinterest

Former South African President Jacob Zuma on Friday insisted he had done nothing after appearing in court for the second time over charges involving a 2.5 billion dollars arms deal.

He was forced out of office by his own party, African National Congress (ANC), in February.

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The South African leader now faces 16 charges of fraud, racketeering, corruption and money laundering relating to the deal to buy European military hardware after apartheid ended in 1994.

The case is unusual because African leaders are rarely taken to court once they leave power, particularly when their own party remains in charge.

But President Cyril Ramaphosa has made fighting corruption a priority since he took power in February as part of a reform agenda that aims to revitalise the economy and attract investment.

Meanwhile, Zuma’s lawyers say he will challenge the decision to prosecute the case.