According to him, there are "reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution", even though Mr Zuma has denied the charges.
The Inkatha Freedom Party also welcomed the decision but said that the decision to prosecute Jacob Zuma only now, was in itself "a damming indictment on the state of capture of the NPA under the Zuma presidency". EFF said prosecuting Zuma will send a strong warning that all are equal before the law.
The charges relate to 783 questionable payments Zuma allegedly received in connection with a controversial multibillion-rand arms deal.
Zuma has been accused, among other things, of using government money to build a luxurious private home.
South African political parties, former presidents and civil society on Friday welcomed the reinstatement of corruption charges against former President Jacob Zuma.
The AfriForum campaign group, which has railed against corruption in South Africa's democratic era, had threatened to privately prosecute Zuma if the NPA did not.
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An anti-corruption body found he had spent some £15m on refurbishments including a swimming pool and an amphitheatre.
This is the same party that fought tooth and nail to keep Zuma out of jail and cried foul whenever charges were levelled against him.
"It's a historic day to ensure that there's accountability effected on Mr Zuma". The DA is considering going to court to recover the money, claiming Zuma was not a respondent in his capacity as president and should have paid the costs personally.
Before taking office, Zuma was put on trial in 2006 for rape, in a case that dismayed many South Africans. "I've instructed the State attorney to brief senior counsel to oppose this application", Abrahams announced today at the end of a media briefing in which he also announced he has okayed the reinstatement of criminal charges against Zuma.
In 2005 Mr Zuma's former financial adviser Schabir Shaik was convicted for facilitating bribes over the contracts and sentenced to 15 years in prison but was later released on medical grounds.
In 2017 the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed Zuma's and the NPA's appeal to a high court ruling that the dropping of the corruption charges against him by Mpshe was "irrational".