From South Africa's highest seat of power to the dock. That has become the fate of former South African president, Jacob Zuma.

Will he be going to jail? Only the court shall determine that in due course.

Zuma appeared in court on Friday to face corruption charges relating to a $2.5 billion arms deal, a scandal from the 1990s that has come back to haunt him within weeks after he was ousted from the presidency.

The 75-year-old Zuma denied any wrongdoing and is challenging the decision to prosecute the case.

Wearing a dark suit, a smiling Zuma waved to crowds of supporters and reporters, as he mounted the steps of the High Court in Durban shortly before 7:00 a.m. on Friday.

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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 (ANC) in December.

However, Zuma still retains some popular support, especially in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal, where the case is being heard.

Heavily armed police in riot gear lined the square outside the court, as thousands of Zuma supporters gathered to express solidarity with a leader they say is the victim of a politically motivated witch-hunt.

The court has, however, adjourned the case to June 8.

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