President Jacob Zuma Picture: Rogan Ward/Reuters

Bloemfontein - The Supreme Court of Appeal has upheld the ruling of the Gauteng High Court that the National Prosecuting Authority's decision to drop the corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma was irrational. 

The SCA made the decision on Friday which could see Zuma facing the 783 counts on 18 charges which were dropped in 2009. The decision now lies with the NPA. 

The NPA and Zuma had asked for leave to appeal the Gauteng High Court's decision which ruled that the setting aside of corruption charges, by then NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe, against Zuma was irrational. 

Zuma's legal team made a concession during arguments at the SCA when they agreed that the decision to drop the charges was irrational. 

Zuma and NPA were ordered to pay the costs of the case. 

The ANC said it will "study" the judgment by the SCA and that it has full confidence in the judiciary and the "options it offers aggrieved parties".

Political Bureau