'What have I done?' - Zuma asks as corruption trial begins

The leader of the Black First Land First Movement Andile Mngxitama alongside Bishop Timothy Ngcobo during a press conference detailing the activities to support former president Jacob Zuma ahead of his court appearance

Zuma's allies, the walking wounded, pack court for his first appearance

In a meeting of the wounded, Zuma's political allies from various ANC structures packed the small venue.

The ex-president also insisted that he did not agree with the way the party has treated him. The ANC has distanced itself from its former leader.

The Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans' Association was also represented in the form of Carl Niehaus and Mabel Rweqana.

The proceedings got under way at 9.30am, but were over after about 10 minutes. The court postponed the trial until June 8th.

The North Gauteng High Court had ordered Zuma to personally foot the bill for trying to have the report set aside and reviewed.

Accused number two, arms manufacturer Thales South Africa also meant to make representations to the National Director of Public Prosecutions on why it should not be prosecuted.

Guerrier flew from Paris to attend the case.

Zuma, surrounded by a large entourage, left the courtroom to address his supporters, telling them that the charges were "politically motivated". The application is expected to be filed on May 15.


Zuma, 75, smiled broadly and gave a thumbs-up as he walked into the Durban High Court building to take his seat in the dock just seven weeks after he was forced to resign from office. It was an order ignored by Zuma's supporters Friday. Some shouted: "We love you", while others chanted: "Zuma!"

Supporters of the former president who resigned amid overwhelming pressure from his own, ruling ANC party, flocked in the thousands to Durban for the hearing and cheered him as he left court. Supporters began gathering in Durban the night before, carrying ANC flags and wearing party clothing.

The statement did not mention Zuma by name.

Mr Zuma's remaining supporters argue that he is being targeted for backing a radical economic reform agenda.

The arms deal took place in 1999, the year Mr Zuma moved from being a provincial minister to deputy president.

Veteran advocate Billy Downer, the man who brought down Zuma's former financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, told the judge the case was in essence a continuation of the 2009 court roll, when the matter against Zuma was withdrawn.

"Opposition parties, because of their serious lack of politics, don't know how to win debates in Parliament and they are using courts to drive their agenda", he said.

Former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the former president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye were both charged with corruption after their time of presidency.

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