Dark Days for Isolated Zuma as South African Graft Case Starts

Former South African President Jacob Zuma is scheduled to appear in court on Friday to face corruption charges just two months after being ousted by his own party.

The trial marks a dramatic turnaround in South Africa where Zuma held a tight grip on power for almost a decade before his former deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, won the leadership of the ruling African National Congress in December and took over as president in February. His downfall and Ramaphosa’s rise have boosted confidence in the economy, with Moody’s Investors Service last month removing its threat of a junk credit rating.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

When he walks into a Durban court, Zuma, 75, will face 16 charges ranging from corruption to racketeering related to bribes he allegedly took from arms dealers….

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