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Zuma's graft case rescheduled for June

08 April 2018

Zuma, 75, appeared relaxed during the brief hearing during which the case was adjourned until June 8.

In October 2017, after a marathon legal campaign by the DA party, the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that Zuma was liable for prosecution over nearly 800 counts of corruption relating to a 1990s arms deal. He is accused of accepting bribes from French arms firm Thales via his financial adviser at the time.The adviser, Schabir Shaikh, was found guilty of trying to solicit the bribes and was jailed in 2005.

Charges were filed against him but then dropped shortly before he successfully ran for president in 2009.

Following the postponement yesterday, Hoffman said that given the track record of Zuma's legal team, he foresaw they would lodge a review proceeding in respect of the decision not to uphold the representations made by Zuma.

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

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And on the day of facing charges, members of the Black First Land First (BLF) party are expected to hold a vigil for Zuma outside the court. Lawyers representing Zuma, who used legal maneuverers and the power of the presidency to avoid prosecution, had hewed to a strategy of delaying his trial as long as possible - what analysts have called the "Stalingrad strategy".

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. "They will exhaust every avenue to appeal and that will take about two to three years", Hoffman said.

Speaking to his supporters outside the court on Friday, Zuma claimed his opponents were telling lies, adding that the judiciary and politicians believe he does not have rights.

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

A young traditional dancer in full warrior costume and clutching a shield took to the stage following Zuma to entertain the crowd after he addressed them in his native Zulu language.

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Zuma thanked the crowd for supporting him, as they had previously.

Zuma had the support of senior African National Congress leaders in the province as well as former Cabinet ministers.

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

This after Zuma said he would challenge the decision of National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Shaun Abrahams to reinstate charges against him.

"However, there are some people, even people whom I trusted, who have judged me as guilty already".

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Zuma's graft case rescheduled for June