Former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma has arrived in court on Monday for the commencement of his trial on bribery case.
Mr. Zuma is facing 16 charges of fraud, graft, and racketeering relating to a 1999 purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats, and military gear from five European arms firms for 30 billion rands.
The Former President who was at the time serving as deputy president to Thabo Mbeki, is accused of accepting.
Over the years, the case has been postponed numerous times as Zuma wanted the charges dropped.
Senior ruling ANC officials like the recently suspended party secretary-general Ace Magashule showed full support for Zuma.
“I am here to support president Zuma,” Magashule told AFP, dismissing the trial as “so political”.
A crowd of supporters dressed in yellow party T-shirts and waving ANC flags, chanted outside the court house.
An ANC lawmaker and former North West provincial premier Supra, Mahumapelo said should be allowed a rest at home
“We should allow president Zuma, with grace and dignity, to rest at home,” He said Zuma has “consistently maintained no one is above
In power between 2009 and 2018, Zuma was forced to resign by the African National Congress after a mounting series of scandals.
His successor Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to root out corruption.