Former South African President Jacob Zuma To Face Corruption Charges In Court

FILE Former ANC president Jacob Zuma sings at the ANC's 54th national conference on 18 December 2017

Zuma's allies, the walking wounded, pack court for his first appearance

When Judge Sishi addressed the court, he did so very softly to confirm that the matter was adjourned until 8 June.

The 75-year-old faces 16 charges including fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

Speaking to hundreds of supporters outside the High Court in Durban, Zuma also took a swipe at those whom he said he trusted but did now not support him.

Thales, which supplied naval vessels as part of the deal, will also be charged with corruption and company representatives are expected to appear in court alongside Zuma.

The former president's supporters have reportedly descended on the city to rally for him.

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South Africa's former President Jacob Zuma has been charged with corruption. Prosecutors re-filed the charges after Jacob Zuma was forced from power by his own party in February.

Some legal analysts say Zuma's chances of successfully challenging the legitimacy of the prosecution have no chances of succeeding. I can't believe all the lies that are said about me.

But they can not afford to completely jettison Zuma, who remains popular among many ANC followers, especially in his home province, KwaZulu-Natal.

The decision by ANC to make the way clear for Zuma is contrary to its previous public displays of support and defense of Zuma during the 2006 rape trial and previous attempts to charge him for corruption.

The Presidency on Friday announced that it had withdrawn leave to appeal the personal costs order made against former president Jacob Zuma in the state capture report review application.

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A young traditional dancer in full warrior costume and clutching a shield took to the stage following Zuma to entertain the crowd after he addressed them in his native Zulu language.

At the same time, national party leaders explicitly discouraged members from wearing party uniforms while showing support for Zuma in his court appearance - a directive that was roundly defied Friday. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) reinstated the corruption charges last month. "This is a just a political conspiracy".

His trial is likely to be a lengthy one, with a battle brewing over whether the state should keep paying Mr Zuma's legal bills.

"I would want to believe that as an innocent man, he is definitely not anxious", the domestic News24 agency qouted Edward Zuma as saying.

And with that in mind, Mr Zuma fights on.

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