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The NPA announced yesterday that fraud and corruption charges against ANC leader Jacob Zuma will be dropped.
Here is a timeline of events leading up to the announcement.
l August 2003 Bulelani Ngcuka says there is a prima facie case of corruption against Zuma, but he would not be charged alongside his financial adviser Schabir Shaik.
l October 2004 Shaik pleads not guilty to charges of corruption and fraud.
l June 2, 2005 Judge Hilary Squires finds Shaik guilty.
l June 20, 2005 Vusi Pikoli announces that Zuma will be charged with two counts of corruption.
l June 21, 2005 Zuma says he welcomes the decision.
l June 29, 2005 Zuma appears in the Durban magistrate's court on two graft charges.
l August 2005 The offices of Thint, the offices of Zuma's attorney, Michael Hulley, and Zuma's homes and former offices are raided.
l September 2006 Judge Herbert Msimang strikes Zuma's case off the roll, saying he had "no choice" after the prosecution said it was not ready to proceed.
l November 2006 A bench of five judges in the SCA rejects Shaik's bid to appeal.
l October 2007 The Constitutional Court rejects Shaik's bid to appeal his conviction and 15-year sentence.
l November 2007 The SCA rules in favour of the NPA in the case relating to various search and seizure raids in Zuma's case, including the obtaining of personal diary of a senior member of the French arms company.
l December 19, 2007 Zuma beats Mbeki in the ANC leadership race.
l December 28, 2007 Zuma is served with papers to appear in court on corruption charges.
l March 2008 Zuma and Thint appeal to the Constitutional Court against the SCA ruling in favour of the NPA.
l April 2008 The Constitutional Court dismisses Shaik's appeal against the validity of a confiscation order regarding R33million of Shaik and his companies' assets.
l July 2008 Constitutional Court rules in favour of the NPA in the Zuma-Thint appeal.
l September 12, 2008 Judge Chris Nicholson rules in the Pietermaritzburg high court that Zuma was entitled to make representations before the NDPP decided to re-charge him, effectively halting his prosecution.
l September 20, 2008 The ANC announces that Mbeki will be recalled from office.
l September 22, 2008 Mbeki, announces his resignation in a television address.
l September 23, 2008 Mbeki applies for leave to appeal the Nicholson ruling in the Constitutional Court.
l November 11, 2008 The Constitutional Court dismisses Mbeki's application, saying the NDPP was already in the process of appealing the ruling.
l November 28, 2008 The SCA hears the NDPP appeal against the Nicholson ruling.
l January 12, 2009 The SCA upholds the NDPP appeal, but dismisses Mbeki's application to intervene and dismisses the application to have Nicholson's "political meddling" findings struck out.
l February 4, 2009 The Pietermaritzburg high court sets out a timeline for the Zuma case.
l April 6, 2009 The NPA, after receiving representations from Zuma's lawyers, announces that the charges against him will be dropped. - Sapa