Zuma Faces His Day In Court

PICTURE: Themba Hadebe

DURBAN – Former president Jacob Zuma is expected to appear in the Durban High Court on Friday where he will face charges of corruption he is alleged to would have committed when he was still president of the republic.

Zuma is expected to face 16 charges relating to 783 payments, which he allegedly received in connection with the controversial multibillion-rand arms deal.

Thousands of supporters in Durban held a night vigil in support of the Former President on Thursday, and police called in reinforcements to monitor the event.

According to reports, the state has a list of 207 witnesses, though prosecutors are not expected to call all of them to the stand.

It is understood that the list includes “former parliamentarians Andrew Feinstein, who left the country after doggedly trying to expose corruption in the arms deal, and Gavin Woods, the former chairman of the watchdog Standing Committee on Public Accounts, who Zuma tried to dissuade from further probing the affair.”

The National Interfaith Council of South Africa, in partnership with the Commission for Religious Affairs, also held a vigil on Thursday night ahead of Zuma’s appearance.