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Court postpones ex-president Zuma’s trial to May 17

After the courts rejected his repeated applications to have the case dismissed.
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Former South African President Jacob Zuma’s trial on corruption, money laundering and racketeering charges that date back to the 1990s will begin on May 17, after the courts rejected his repeated applications to have the case dismissed.

The case against the 78-year-old resumed briefly in the High Court in the eastern town of Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday, where the trial date was set. A successful conviction would be a boon for President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has pledged to rebuild the nation’s law-enforcement capabilities and tackle corruption that became endemic during his predecessor’s rule.

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Zuma was fired as deputy president in 2005 after allegations surfaced that he took bribes from arms dealers, including French company Thales SA — his co-accused in the case. He staged a political comeback by winning control of the ruling African National Congress in 2007 and led the country for almost nine scandal-marred years until the party forced him to quit in early 2018 to stem a loss of electoral support.

Zuma is also facing criminal charges for refusing to testify before a judicial commission that’s probing graft during his rule. At least 40 witnesses who’ve appeared before the panel headed by deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo over the past three years have implicated the ex-president in aiding and abetting the looting of billions of rand from state companies during his tenure.

Zuma and Thales deny any wrongdoing.

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Is a President not supposed to be a role model?

How much worse can it get?

Can all citizens request for their charges to be dismissed or is he excluded from the law?

If he does truly have a mansion in Dubai, money in Dubai and Pakistan banks then he must hand it over to the state first.

One has to question our judicial system Zuma has had numerous postponements on all his cases and yet we are no closer to justice being served.
One has to wonder whether the judicial system is not fraught with ineptitude, cronyism, and incompetence- are we too,to become yet another failed African state?

I suspect Zuma won’t attend the 17-May-21 trial either.

Why would he be so scared of attending the trial?

Read the article on DM, they submitted a request for 2 years imprisonment for the defiance of law, contempt of court and in the very same affidavit, they (zondo commission) also agree they would forgive Zuma for all his missed appointments. Now it makes me wonder what if this entire zondo commission is a complete waste and with the weak NPA, weak CC, weak judiciary and ever-weakening law enforcement our entire constitutional law is worthless in its attempt.

The former director of the NPA recently admitted that there was no winnable case against Zuma. This postponement is due to the NPA has still not got its compromised house in order. The case is set to be stricken from the roles until some future NPA prepares a prospectively winnable case.

The person that helped make majority of South Africans poorer and increased unemployment to new records.

The person that dropped the value of most South Africans’ pension funds.

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