In total, he faces one charge of racketeering, two charges of corruption, one charge of money laundering and 12 of fraud.
The case was controversially dropped by the National Prosecuting Authority in 2009, shortly before Zuma won the presidency.
But the scandal never fully went away.
The High Court had reinstated the charges in 2016 and the Supreme Court upheld the decision last year‚ rejecting an appeal by Zuma.
A court a year ago ruled against prosecutors' 2009 decision to drop the corruption charges faced by Zuma months before he became president.
This after Abrahams had received recommendations from a team of NPA prosecutors after Zuma had made fresh representations to him in Janaury on why he should not be indicted on the criminal charges.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.
Mokotedi Mpshe‚ the former director of public prosecutions who chose to withdraw charges against Zuma in April 2009, said on Friday that he was convinced his decision was correct at the time.
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. De Lille said in a statement.
"The witnesses are ready, the evidence is strong, and Jacob Zuma must finally have his day in court".
"Today we must celebrate that we are a step closer for Zuma to get to court".
Zuma will face 16 counts relating to 783 instances of alleged wrongdoing, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku said. An anti-corruption watchdog meanwhile charges he allowed a wealthy Indian business family, the Guptas, undue influence over his government.