The path to court: Zuma and the arms deal

Former President Jacob Zuma visit the Soweto home of the late Winnie Madikizela Mandela on 4 April 2018

What have I done?

"It surprising that the people who want to treat me like I'm guilty are the people I trust".

"Even those I trusted are treating me like a convicted criminal", he said, describing the case as one full of lies and conspiracy. Supporters began gathering in Durban the night before, carrying ANC flags and wearing party clothing.

"I would want to believe that as an innocent man, he is definitely not anxious", the domestic News24 agency qouted Edward Zuma as saying.

But the NPA last month said the bid was unsuccessful.

Some supporters sang as Zuma entered the courtroom.

Zuma' son Edward told supporters at nearby park where several thousand people held an overnight vigil that his father was not anxious. "They understand the game and they are going to give it their all", said Witz. "They are still after me".

The affair has cast a shadow over South African politics ever since.

He ended his address with an IsiZulu song that says "I am wounded by people close to me".

Zuma was greeted with cheers and ululations by more than a thousand supporters outside court.

After a brief preliminary hearing, the judge adjourned court proceedings to June 8.

Zuma was deputy president at the time.

The case against Mr Zuma was dropped shortly before he ran for president in 2009. On the same day Zuma, then a provincial minister, meets with his personal financial advisor Schabir Shaik and an official from French arms dealer Thomson-CSF. But after he became leader of the African National Congress in December 2007, the case against him began to topple.

Prosecutors re-filed the charges after Jacob Zuma was forced from power by his own party in February.

The NPA later that year dropped the charges on a technicality.

Marchers, many clad in the distinctive yellow, green and black of the ANC, carried placards reading "Hands off Zuma" and performed the high-stepping toyi-toyi protest dance made popular in South Africa's decades-long struggle against apartheid. Last year Zuma lost a Supreme Court appeal against that decision.

It seems Jacob Zuma's legal woes keep mounting.

Constitutional lawyer Pierre de Vos tweeted that a court had already ruled that the decision to prosecute Zuma was valid.

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