South Africa: Zuma's Day in Court - Matter Postponed to June As Cheering Crowds Pledge Loyalty


Former President Jacob Zuma's corruption trial will not start in earnest before November at the earliest - and possibly not even then. This was the only concrete takeaway from Zuma's inaugural appearance at the Durban High Court on Friday, where he took his place in the dock alongside a representative of French arms company Thales. Upon exiting the court, Zuma told a rapturous crowd of thousands that he would prevail amid this new onslaught of political persecution. By REBECCA DAVIS.

At 9.25am, the first former president of South Africa ever to sit in a courtroom dock entered Court A of the Durban High Court.

Wearing a dark suit with a red tie, Zuma was greeted by the low chant of "Zuma! Zuma! Zuma!" by supporters in the public gallery. There were well-known faces among them: short-lived finance minister Des van Rooyen; former SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng; and the new Zuma defender-in-chief, Black First Land First's Andile Mngxitama.

Photo: Former President Jacob Zuma appears at the Durban High Court on charges of corruption and fraud, 6 April 2018. Photo by Felix Dlangamandla/Pool

Zuma acknowledged their support with a bow and a wave before taking his seat. He sat roughly a metre...


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