South African Court Postpones Zuma’s Corruption Trial to August

7/20/2021

The long-running corruption trial of former South African President Jacob Zuma, who is currently serving a 15-month prison term related to a separate charge, has again been postponed.

Judge Piet Koen said on Tuesday, a day after Zuma appeared virtually in the Pietermaritzburg High Court, that the trial would be adjourned until “10 or 13 August.”

Zuma faces 16 charges of fraud, corruption, and racketeering related to the 1999 purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats, and military gear from five European arms firms when he was deputy president.

His resulting imprisonment sparked days of protests, looting, and arson, predominantly in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal, as well as nearby Gauteng province. The unrest left at least 200 people dead.

There were fears the latest court appearance could lead to a flare-up of violent protests from his support base, prompting heavy security at the court. However, there were no major incidents by the time the adjournment was announced on Tuesday.

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