Fallen South African president Jacob Zuma makes appearance at corruption trial

JOHANNESBURG—Just weeks after falling from power, Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s former president, made a brief appearance in court Friday in a corruption case that emphasized the political upheaval that has recently swept the country.

A judge in the High Court in Durban adjourned the case, which is related to a multibillion-dollar arms deal from the 1990s, until June 8. Zuma, who made no comment in court, had tried for years to avoid prosecution in the case.

The brevity of his appearance did not detract from the powerful image of Zuma, a commanding figure just a few months ago, sitting as a defendant in court. Zuma was stripped of the presidency in February after losing a battle with his rival and eventual successor, President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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