An appeal is planned against a court ruling that cleared the way for South African President Jacob Zuma to be tried for almost 800 corruption charges, the country's state prosecutor said Monday.

"I have decided to apply for leave to appeal against the judgment," said National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams during a press conference.

South Africa's main opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) called the prosecutor's decision "a blatant delaying tactic to shield Zuma from his day in court." Abrahams was trying to protect Zuma "at all costs," the DA said in a statement, questioning the prosecutor's independence.

Last month, a South African high court ruled that a 2009 decision by prosecutors to drop 783 corruption charges against Zuma must be reviewed. The opposition celebrated the ruling as a "victory for justice."

The National Prosecution Authority (NPA) cleared Zuma of charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering related to a multibillion-dollar arms deal three weeks before the 2009 elections. The decision allowed Zuma to run for president.

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