South Africa’s Zuma appears in court on corruption charges

South Africa’s Zuma appears in court on corruption charges

Former South African president Jacob Zuma appeared in court on Friday (April 6) to face corruption charges relating to a $2.5 billion arms deal, a scandal from the 1990s that has come back to haunt him within weeks of his fall from power.

The 75-year-old, whose scandal-plagued nine years in office were marked by economic stagnation and credit downgrades, faces 16 charges including fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

Zuma denies any wrongdoing and is challenging the decision to prosecute the case, a dramatic development on a continent where political leaders are rarely held to account for their actions before the law.

The Durban High Court adjourned the case until June 8.

Zuma’s legal team and lawyers for the state agreed to the postponement to give both sides time to prepare their submissions relating to the charges.