Jacob Zuma Appears in Court for South Africa Corruption Trial

Last month, national prosecutors announced that corruption charges related to the arms deal would be reinstated against Mr. Zuma almost a decade after they were dropped.

After his court appearance, a pugnacious Mr. Zuma addressed thousands of supporters gathered near the courthouse. Flanked by religious leaders on a stage, Mr. Zuma, speaking only in the Zulu language, said he was being charged purely for political reasons.


Thousands of Mr. Zuma’s supporters gathered outside the courthouse on Friday.

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He also talked about the struggle of black people worldwide and said that he had been targeted because he championed their…

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