South Africa court adjourns ex- president Jacob Zuma corruption case

FILE Former ANC president Jacob Zuma sings at the ANC's 54th national conference on 18 December 2017

Former South African president Jacob Zuma told thousands of supporters outside court in Durban on Friday that his opponents were telling lies and he would be proven innocent in a corruption case against him.

"This matter is adjourned to 8th June 2018 which is a provisional date and the two accused before court are released on warning", said Judge Themba Sishi.

Former South African president Jacob Zuma has arrived at a courthouse to manage old rates of fraud, racketeering and money laundering. 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.

Mr Zuma believes the re-instatement of the charges which were dropped back in 2009, after reports of political interference, are once again politically motivated.

Mngxitama said that Zuma is the representation of RET and therefore needs to be defended.

After the hearing he addressed a crowd of his supporters gathered in front of the Durban High court and reaffirmed his innocence in the long-running case that resurfaced after his fall from on Ash Wednesday.

Zuma also pointed out that 13 years have passed since he last appeared in court for the same charges and blamed opposition parties for the case's return to court.

On the face of it Mr Zuma is unperturbed by the latest controversy - he is determined to use every legal avenue available to him to fight the corruption charges.

Zuma, whose presidency has been marked with scandals, says he have not done such a thing wrong.

"I want to thank you as I thanked you many years ago".

The decision by ANC to make the way clear for Zuma is contrary to its previous public displays of support and defense of Zuma during the 2006 rape trial and previous attempts to charge him for corruption.

Today, in a defiant appearance outside the court, he continued to deny the allegations.

Zuma escaped an impeachment attempt over the issue in parliament in September 2016, when ANC lawmakers voted overwhelmingly against it.

After his resignation on February 14 this year, the leader of the ANC party and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as president following parliamentary approval.

At the time the NPA said it had evidence of "political meddling" in the case.

The ANC announced on Sunday it would not support Mr Zuma during his trial, but it agreed to let party members do so in their personal capacity.

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