Former South African President Jacob Zuma is set to stand for trial on corruption charges amounting to £2.27 billion arms deal.

A High Court on Friday denied Mr Zuma a permanent stay of prosecution.

Mr Zuma, who served as president from 2009-2018, had sought to have the case permanently dropped in March this year on the grounds that it was politically motivated.

He will face 16 charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to a deal to buy 30 billion rand of European military hardware for South Africa’s armed forces in the late 1990s.

But the trial is expected to begin on Tuesday after High Court judge Willie Seriti ruled that Zuma’s “application for the permanent stay is dismissed with costs”.