South Africa ex-president Jacob Zuma on corruption trial over arms deal

South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma has been charged with corruption linked to a 1990s arms deal.

After the 75-year-old’s 15-minute appearance at the High Court in Durban, the case was adjourned until 8 June.

He faces 16 counts of corruption, racketeering, fraud and money laundering, which dogged his presidency and were reinstated in 2016.

After the hearing, Mr Zuma addressed the crowds who had come to stand alongside him at the court in his home province.

He then led the crowd in song and dance.

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

In 2016, a court ruled that he had breached his oath of office by using government money to upgrade a private home in the rural area of Nkandla. He later repaid the money.

Last year he was also accused of profiteering from a relationship with the wealthy Gupta family – allegations that both parties have denied

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