$2.5bn Arms Deal: ‘I Am Innocent,’ Zuma Tells Cheering Crowd
These are really trying times for former South Africa President Jacob Zuma.
Few weeks after being kicked out of office, he is being tried in court for a 2.5 billion arms deal dollars.
Zuma told thousands of supporters outside court in Durban on Friday that his opponents were telling lies and he would be proven innocent in a corruption case against him.
Speaking in Zulu in his home province, Zuma said that the judiciary and politicians believed that he did not have rights.
“The truth will come out. What have I done?” Zuma told the cheering crowd.
“I am innocent until proven guilty.”
The Durban High Court adjourned until June 8 the case of corruption in a 2.5 billion arms deal dollars, filed against Zuma.
Zuma’s legal team and lawyers for the state agreed to the postponement to give both sides time to prepare their submissions relating to charges against Zuma including fraud, racketeering and money laundering.
The 75-year-old, whose scandal-plagued nine years in office were marked by economic stagnation and credit downgrades, faces 16 charges including fraud, racketeering and money laundering.
Zuma denies any wrongdoing and is challenging the decision to prosecute the case, a dramatic development on a continent where political leaders are rarely held to account for their actions before the law.