Former president Jacob Zuma is attending his first day of trial today, and as usual, has managed to attract all sorts of characters to the Pietermaritzburg High Court. Briefly.co.za takes a look at the highlights from the day.
While Jacob Zuma is fighting for his freedom inside the High Court today, his supporters have managed to give the occasion a jovial feel.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the former president is hoping to have his corruption charges permanently laid to rest today.
While the trial is days away from concluding, the situation outside the court has managed to draw more attention than the subdued proceedings inside it.
Here's a look at the highlights of the trial so far:
Simon Samkele, a supporter who gathered with the crowd outside the court, impressed with his wooden machine gun, saying his favorite politician was innocent until proven guilty.
Just when things started getting interesting, with Zuma's legal counsel reading the contents of the spy tapes, the live feed from inside the court had been cut off, causing Mzansi to call conspiracy.
Black First, Land First leader Andile Mngxitama made an unexpected appearance, showing his support for the man he has dubbed the 'father of Radical Economic Transformation'.
This move did not go down well with some, with people pointing out that he had seized the opportunity to garner some attention for both himself and his party.
Even mounted police officers made an appearance, signalling just how lively the supporters gathered outside the court had become.
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