Zuma to run gauntlet: Corruption trial and State Capture Inquiry loom

Zuma to run gauntlet: Corruption trial and State Capture Inquiry loom

- Former president Jacob Zuma has a whirlwind two weeks ahead of him

- The pressure is on with the beginning of his corruption trial in the Thales debacle

- This will be followed up with an appearance at the State Capture Inquiry

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Former president Jacob Zuma is running the legal gauntlet in October and the stakes are high.

Tuesday will mark the beginning of Jacob Zuma's trial for corruption, racketeering and money laundering.

Briefly.co.za reported that the Pietermaritzburg High Court had dismissed his attempt to allude this exact situation.

The former president will now explain his actions in the saga surrounding the Thales arms deal. 15 years ago, Zuma's financial adviser at the time, Schabir Shaik had been on trial in the same matter, IOL reports.

After he navigates this potential minefield, Zuma's second appearance at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture takes place.

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SowetanLIVE reports that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo had compiled a document indicating areas of interest that Zuma needs to address during his testimony.

The ex-president has been asked to comment on testimony implicating him in dealings with the Gupta family and his proposed nuclear deal with Russia.

He has also been asked to explain why he fired finance minister Nhlanhla Nene and Pravin Gordhan, as well as, his relationship with the late Gavin Watson.

Former BOSASA COO Angelo Agrizzi had claimed that the company exchanged hefty bribes in exchange for political influence.

The death of Watson, in a car accident shrouded in speculation, came before he could address any of the allegations levied against him.

Despite pledging his co-operation with the end-goal of the inquiry, Zuma's first appearance was marred with delays and uncertainty over his continued willingness to testify.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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