Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Jacob Zuma proclaims innocence as corruption trial adjourned

Jacob Zuma proclaims innocence as corruption trial adjourned

ANC KwaZulu-Natal heavyweights came out in their numbers today in support of former president Jacob Zuma, who made his first appearance in the Durban High Court today.

- April 2018: Zuma appears in Durban High Court for preliminary hearing, with the case adjourned until June 8.

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

He said Zuma's legal team would possibly apply to get a permanent stay of prosecution and "rehash" everything, which could push the matter for another three years.

Zuma is accused of accepting bribes from Thales, a French arms firm during his tenure as deputy president.

In March 2016 the South African Supreme Court of Appeal upheld a judgement that the failure by Zuma's government to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was illegal. Upon exiting the court, Zuma told a rapturous crowd of thousands that he would prevail amid this new onslaught of political persecution.

Police expect that more than 2,000 protesters could descend on the courthouse to voice support for Zuma, with the main opposition Democratic Alliance planning a counter-demonstration.

Zuma also says he doesn't understand why he is facing the same charges that were dropped over 10 years ago.

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"The fact, he continued, that the former state president will now have his day in court to answer before the nation for his decisions while in power will certainly send a well-needed clanging alarm call to many departments and offices of political administration".

The Zuma of old is still here - the crowd pleaser, the charmer and tactical politician.

That came after Zuma - known as "The Teflon President" for his long ability to weather scandal after scandal - was forced to resign under pressure from his African National Congress party. He resigned February 14 on the orders of his celebration, the African National Congress.

Zuma stated that he would be proven innocent in a corruption case against him and his opponents were telling lies. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) reinstated the corruption charges last month.

A battle is also brewing over whether the state should keep paying his legal bills.

He said in his address: "I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability".

Despite the accusations, Mr Zuma is denying any wrongdoing.

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