Read What Jacob Zuma Said After Friday’s Court Appearance
Former South African President, Jacob Zuma, has been talking tough after he appeared in court on Friday over corruption allegations.
“The truth will come out. What have I done? I am innocent until proven guilty,” Zuma told the cheering crowd, speaking in Zulu in his home Kwa-Zulu Natal province.
Zuma has denied any wrongdoing and is challenging the decision to prosecute the case.
The corruption charges relate to a $2.5 billion arms deal, and Zuma told the crowd of supporter that he would be proven innocent in the long running case that resurfaced after his fall from power.
Zuma’s transition from “Mr. President” to “Accused Number One” in less than two months is a significant setback for the 75-year-old, whose nine years in office were marked by series of scandal.
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He faces 16 charges including fraud, racketeering and money laundering.
In a procedural appearance that lasted less than 15 minutes, state prosecutors and Zuma’s lawyers asked the Durban High Court to adjourn the case until June 8 so both sides could prepare submissions. Judge Themba Sishi approved the request.
A potential trial would take several more months to prepare.
Zuma also later told thousands of supporters outside the court in Durban that his opponents were telling lies and that the judiciary and politicians believed that he did not have rights.
The speed with which prosecutors have booked his day in court is a sign of the loss of control Zuma has suffered since his successor, Cyril Ramaphosa, became head of the ruling African National Congress in December.
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