Corruption Case Against Jacob Zuma Adjourned

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, 13 JUNE 2018 – The corruption case against former South African President Jacob Zuma has been adjourned for a second time to next July 27.

The 16 charges of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering charges that Zuma faces relate to a $2.5 billion arms deal in the late 1990s. They include accepting bribes from a French arms manufacturer during a deal to purchase European military hardware to upgrade South Africa’s armed and security forces soon after the end of apartheid in 1994.

The deal occurred when the now 76-year-old former South African leader was vice president.

Zuma has long denied the charges.

The adjournment provides time for both the state and the defense to indicate to the judge in the case, Mjabuliseni Madondo, if they can commence the case.

When, and if, they are ready, the matter will be heard in the city of Pietermaritzburg while renovations are still ongoing in the Durban High Court.

Zuma resigned last February as president following weeks of public pressure for him to step down amid long-standing corruption allegations. His former deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, replaced him as president, pledging to make the fight against corruption a top priority of his administration.

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