South Africa court adjourns ex- president Jacob Zuma corruption case

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Zuma is being tried before a Durban high court on a 16-count charge of corruption relating to a 30 billion rand ($2.20 billion) arms deal arranged in the late 1990s.

After his 15-minutes appearance at the court, Zuma told a crowd that had gathered outside that he would be proven innocent in the case.

Mr Zuma might enjoy great support but he cast a lonely figure inside the courtroom earlier, where he sat as an accused in the dock alongside a representative of his co-accused, the French arms company Thales. "There are those I trusted that are adamant that I must be found guilty".

Businessman Siya Khoza said he admired Zuma's determination to bring in economic policies that he said were created to spread the wealth in what remains one of the world's most unequal societies.

Selfe said Zuma should not be given a cent in state assistance for his upcoming trial, set to start on June 8.

JACOB ZUMA, the former president of South Africa, has been charged with corruption.

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Mr Zuma subsequently made efforts to avoid the charges in January, as he submitted arguments to the NPA why they should be dropped. Back then, thousands came to support him including members of his own African National Congress (ANC) party.

At the hearing, Judge Themba Sishi said Zuma was free "on warning".

Constitutional lawyer Pierre de Vos tweeted that a court had already ruled that the decision to prosecute Zuma was valid.

Allegations of bribery over the deal dogged the governments of both Zuma and one of his predecessors, Thabo Mbeki. Hundreds of supporters also defied instructions from Luthuli House not to wear party regalia and colours to court, preferring to show loyalty to Zuma instead. President Cyril Ramaphosa's office confirmed that the appeal against this part of the judgment also fell away.

In 2016, South Africa's High Court reinstated the charges.

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. "I am innocent until proven guilty", he added, speaking in Zulu in his home KwaZulu-Natal province.

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