Article: Ex-South African Leader Zuma Secures Postponement in Graft Case

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Ex-South African Leader Zuma Secures Postponement in Graft Case

S’thembile Cele, 20 July 2021

South Africa’s High Court postponed former South African President Jacob Zuma’s trial on corruption, money laundering and racketeering charges until Aug. 10.

Judge Piet Koen agreed to the delay at a hearing in the eastern town of Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday, after Zuma’s lawyer Dali Mpofu argued that his client should be physically present in court. Proceedings have taken place remotely this week due to security concerns linked to a wave of protests in the region. Continue reading “Article: Ex-South African Leader Zuma Secures Postponement in Graft Case”

Article: S.Africa’s ex-president Zuma pleads not guilty to corruption charges

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S.Africa’s ex-president Zuma pleads not guilty to corruption charges

Reuters, 26 May 2021

South Africa’s former leader Jacob Zuma pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering charges relating to a $2 billion arms deal when he was deputy president.

Zuma, who was president between 2009-2018, faces 18 charges relating to the 1999 deal. He has rejected the charges and says he is the victim of a politically motivated witch hunt by a rival faction of the ruling African National Congress.

Zuma, who also faces a separate inquiry into corruption during his time as president, is accused of accepting 500,000 rand ($34,000) annually from French arms company Thales, in exchange for protecting the company from an investigation into the deal. Continue reading “Article: S.Africa’s ex-president Zuma pleads not guilty to corruption charges”