Again, Zuma Appears In Court On Corruption Charges
Former South African President, Jacob Zuma is still haunted by his fall from grace.
Just four months ago, Zuma was a very influential man in South African politics as President and head of his ruling African National Congress, ANC but he is now facing trial in court over corruption, a sign of his waning influence.
On Friday morning, Zuma arrived at the Durban High Court for his second appearance on corruption charges relating to a $2.5 billion arm deal in the late 1990s.
Zuma faces 16 charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to the deal to buy European military hardware to upgrade South Africa’s armed forces after the end of apartheid in 1994.
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State prosecutors and Zuma’s lawyers are expected to argue over a start date for the trial.
The national prosecutor this week turned down a request by the 76-year-old to delay today’s hearing pending the outcome of a separate legal challenge over the state paying his legal fees.
However, Zuma’s supporters say the former president, whose nine years in power were marked by economic stagnation and credit rating downgrades, is the victim of a politically motivated witch-hunt.
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