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Corruption Charges against me "politically motivated" - Jacob Zuma

Corruption Charges against me

That application - should it fail - is likely to be followed by an application for a permanent stay of prosecution.

At the end of the hearing a request to adjourn the case until 8 June so both the prosecutors and the defense can prepare submissions was approved. Zuma is facing 16 charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering. The alleged bribe was facilitated by Zuma's former financial adviser‚ Schabir Shaik.

The former president thanked his supporters for prayers before taking an indirect swipe at the ANC for deciding against rallying behind him.

Zuma said nothing in his court appearance but spoke to supporters in Zulu on a stage outside the courthouse, saying the charges were political and that he was being persecuted because he had exposed the lack of freedom in South Africa.

"The truth will come out". What have I done? He has assured his supporters, who gathered in front of the court chanting "Hands off Zuma", that he would be proven innocent.

The chairman of the DA's federal executive James Selfe said the fact that Zuma would now personally pay the legal fees incurred when he sought to stop the release of Thuli Madonsela's "State of Capture" report, which delved into the relationship between the Gupta family and state-owned companies. Supporters began gathering in Durban the night before, carrying ANC flags and wearing party clothing. He said when he asked for answers about what had been done to him, no one was willing to talk to him.

"I am innocent until proven guilty".

Mr Ramaphosa came in on a ticket of clean governance and entertaining yet another Zuma controversy could lose him the support he is now enjoying.

Zuma' son Edward told supporters at nearby park where several thousand people held an overnight vigil that his father was not anxious.

"They are fighting me because I said there is no freedom".

"I think they are in for a proper fight".




He ended his address with an IsiZulu song that says "I am wounded by people close to me".

The matter was heard in less than half an hour in the Durban High Court on Friday morning.

Zuma was the leader of the ANC and the nation's deputy president when the arms deal was finalized in 1999.

The corruption allegations were previously filed against Zuma but were dropped prior to his presidential run in 2009.

Zuma could face several years in prison.

Thales, which supplied naval vessels as part of the deal, will also be charged with corruption and a company representative appeared in court alongside Zuma.

South Africa's largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance has since been fighting for years to have the charges against Mr Zuma reinstated.

The last time Zuma was in court for a trial was more than a decade ago when he faced rape charges.

It seems Jacob Zuma's legal woes keep mounting.

Mr Zuma has always said he wants his day in court to clear his name. He believed Zuma's chances of appeal had "zero chance of success" and amounted to an abuse of legal process.


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