South Africa’s ex-President Zuma in court on corruption charges

It’s a dramatic U-turn for Zuma, who just weeks ago held the highest office in the land. He resigned on February 14, forced out by the leadership of the ruling African National Congress, his own party.

Thousands of people turned out to support Zuma as he arrived at the high court for his first hearing. They had been asked not to wear ANC colors, but many wore wraps and T-shirts with the former president’s image.

Some supporters sang as Zuma entered the courtroom. He turned, smiling, to acknowledge them.

The former President is charged with 16 counts of corruption, money laundering and racketeering, stemming from the billion-dollar government arms deal. He is accused of receiving 783 questionable payments in connection with the deal.

Zuma, who has always said he wanted his day in court, denies any…

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