- Former president Jacob Zuma appeared in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Wednesday, 26 May 2021
- He pleaded not guilty to all the charges levelled against him and his co-accused Thales
- The trial has been postponed until the 19th of July 2021
Former president Jacob Zuma has pleaded not guilty to all charges levelled against him. He appeared in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Wednesday, 26 May 2021.
The case was postponed until 19 July where Zuma and his co-accused will face the court again. Zuma told prosecutors that he was being painted as a corrupt political leader and his critics were not interested in the truth according to The Guardian
Thales, the French arms manufacturer, has also pleaded not guilty in the multi-billion rand arms deal dating back to 1999.
Zuma's supporters came out in their numbers to support the former president as he once again appears in court.
According to the BBC, the former president has been in and out of court over the past few years and his trial has had many postponements.
Earlier, Briefly News reported that it was a truly shocking moment for many South Africans after the EFF's Dali Mpofu showed up as an unexpected part of former president Jacob Zuma's legal team in court on Wednesday afternoon this week.
According to various reports, Mpofu has confirmed that he will be representing Zuma, and while many are shocked that a member of the EFF will be representing an ANC member. As shocked as they are, they are also looking forward to watching the drama unfold as Mpofu is not one to hold his tongue.
In other news, South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni was recently heard in a clip candidly sharing his thoughts on former president Jacob Zuma's continuous defiance of the ConCourt's ruling that he must appear in front of the Zondo Commission.
According to Mboweni, Jacob Zuma must go to court and prove his innocence. Mboweni seemingly echoes the words of many South Africans who have also called upon Zuma to prove that he is not guilty of corruption.
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