Zuma in the dock: South Africa’s ex-president faces corruption charges | World news


Former president Jacob Zuma has appeared in court in South Africa to face corruption charges relating to a multibillion dollar arms deal that took place 20 years ago.

Zuma, who was ousted as head of state in February, attended a brief preliminary hearing at the high court in Durban, a city on the south-east coast.

Referred to as Accused Number One, the 75-year-old did not speak, but told cheering supporters outside court: “The truth will come out. What have I done? I am innocent until proven guilty.”

Hundreds of supporters, many dressed in the green and gold of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, had gathered to chant and sing slogans, and a large police presence had been deployed to prevent clashes.

Some carried placards saying “hands off Zuma” and performed the…

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