First Day In Court For South Africa's Zuma Lasts 20 Minutes

Siphiwe Sibeko  Reuters

Former South African president Jacob Zuma came out fighting on Friday after appearing in court to face corruption charges over a suspect multi-billion dollar 1990s arms deal.

Zuma, 75, appeared relaxed during the brief hearing during which the case was adjourned until June 8. It came after his financial adviser Schabir Shaik was found guilty of fraud and corruption in relation to the arms deal and alleged corrupt dealing with Zuma in 2005.

Former president Jacob Zuma has once again claimed that the corruption charges against him are politically motivated.

He also talked about the struggle of Back people worldwide and said that he had been targeted because he championed their economic empowerment.

Photo: Thousands of "Hands off Zuma" supporters gathered outside the Durban High Court on 6 April 2018.

The company is facing two charges.

The former president's supporters have reportedly descended on the city to rally for him.

Jacob Zuma, former South African president, says he will be proven innocent of the corruption charges brought against him. "I keep asking what has Zuma done and no one has an answer for me", he told the crowds.

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He intends to challenge the legitimacy of the case - his lawyer will file for a legal review of the National Director of Public Prosecution (NDPP)'s decision to pursue the case.

Zuma said the sex with the 31-year-old family friend was consensual and he was acquitted.

The case signals a dramatic turnaround in South Africa where Zuma held a tight grip on power for nearly a decade before his former deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, won the leadership of the ruling African National Congress in December and took over as president in February. He resigned February 14 on the orders of his celebration, the African National Congress.

Many pro-Zuma supporters were dressed in African National Congress colours and waved party flags. "This is a just a political conspiracy", he said in Zulu.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance was aiming to have the decision for the state to foot the bill for Zuma's legal woes to be reversed.

Zuma's successor as president Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to crack down on government corruption, which he has admitted is a serious problem.

Zuma told supporters he had been betrayed by people he trusts, an apparent reference to Ramaphosa and his supporters who forced Zuma from power.

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