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President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma gestures as he speaks during the Energy Indaba conference in Midrand, South Africa, December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko


JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The South African High Court on Friday ruled President Jacob Zuma's appointment of a state prosecutor responsible for the decision whether to reinstate corruption charges against him was invalid and must be immediately set aside.

"The appointment of Shaun Abrahams as the National Director of Public Prosecutions is reviewed, declared invalid and set aside," Judge President Dunstan Mlambo said in a ruling at the Pretoria High Court.

In October the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld an earlier decision by a lower court that the nearly 800 corruption charges filed against Zuma before he became president be reinstated.

(Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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