S. African Ex-President J. Zuma Appears In Court On Corruption Charges

    Former South African President Jacob Zuma appeared in court Friday to face corruption charges. The 75-year-old’s spent 15-minute in the High Court in Durban. The appearance was brief but significant, coming just under two months after his resignation.

Addressing supporters outside the courthouse Friday, Zuma criticized the charges as politically motivated.

“Innocent until proven otherwise,” he said after appearing at the Durban High Court to faces 16 counts of corruption charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

Earlier in it, a defiant Zuma smiled and waved to hundreds of supporters as he entered the building.

In court, the prosecution told Judge Themba Sishi that they have agreed with the defense to postpone the case until June 8.

Former South African President Jacob Zuma in the dock at the High Court in Durban, South Africa, April 6, 2018.

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The postponement was mainly to give Zuma a chance to finalize his review application, objecting to the decision to re-charge him.

Zuma was not asked to plead or pay bail. The judge only warned him to appear on the next court date.

 His party, the African National Congress ANC, has decided not to support him during his court battle,  though some ANC members came out to support him Friday, saying they were doing so on their own.  The right way to go on corruption.
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