On Monday a decision was taken to uphold the National Prosecuting Authority's appeal against a High Court ruling halting the prosecution of the African National Congress president, Jacob Zuma.

The decision was taken by South Africa's second-highest court overturning the previous lower court's ruling to drop any charges.

According to reports form Supreme Court judge, Louis Harms, the original ruling was riddled with errors and ignored basic legal standards

Zuma faces charges of racketeering and money laundering, two of corruption, and 12 charges of fraud related to the multi-billion rand arms deal.

He was charged in 2005, but the case was struck from the roll in 2006. He was then recharged in December 2007.

Zuma is likely to appeal this decision at the country's highest court; the constitutional court.

Zuma nevertheless may continue to run for president while he faces the charges. If however he is convicted, he cannot be president.