South Africa Court Resumes Zuma’s Corruption Trial

A South African court has resumed a trial that has dragged out for years over a $2billion arms deal involving ex-President Jacob Zuma, whose legal team was expected to make a plea to remove the prosecutor.

The corruption trial over the 1990s deal was meant to start in May, after being repeatedly stalled by legal arguments, but was delayed again by Zuma’s request to replace lead prosecutor Billy Downer, whom he accuses of bias.

He was jailed on July 7th for failing to cooperate with a separate corruption probe, precipitating some of the worst riots and looting the country has witnessed since the end of white minority rule in 1994. More than 300 people were killed and thousands of businesses were pillaged and razed.

Your Friends Also Read:  South Africa Evacuates Students as Table Mountain Fire Spreads

The top court on Friday dismissed a bid by Zuma to overturn that 15-month jail sentence.

He has been convalescing from an undisclosed illness and has been allowed to see out the rest of his sentence at home on health grounds. He regards the criminal trial against him as a politically motivated witch hunt.

He said: “I wear the badge of being a political prisoner … (of) the struggle for the freedom of the African,” Zuma said in a statement late on Monday. “Injustice will be defeated.”

Zuma, who was absent on Tuesday at the trial proceedings at the Pietermaritzburg High Court, has pleaded not guilty to corruption, money laundering and racketeering related to the acquisition of military hardware that has been mired in accusations of graft. French arms group Thales (TCFP.PA) has also denied wrongdoing.

Your Friends Also Read:  Cape Town Int'l Airport is Africa's Best for Sixth Consecutive Year

Zuma is accused of accepting a 500,000 rand ($33,900) annual bribe from Thales from 1999 in exchange for protecting the company from the investigation.

Leave your vote

All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from News Central TV.


Previous Article
Kenyan High Court Nullify Minimum Tax in Landmark Judgement (News Central TV)

Kenyan High Court Nullify Minimum Tax in Landmark Judgement

Next Article
Libya Parliament Withdraws Confidence from Unity Government (News Central TV)

Libya Parliament Withdraws Confidence from Unity Government

Related Posts

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.