#StateCapture case: Presidency's decision on Zuma's legal costs welcomed

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

At that point the charges seemed likely to crush Zuma's ambition to be president.

Zuma said nothing in his court appearance but spoke to supporters in Zulu on a stage outside the courthouse, saying the charges were political and that he was being persecuted because he had exposed the lack of freedom in South Africa.

The people taking side of Zuma put forth the argument that the courts are compromised and biased against him. The former leader was recently deployed to KwaZulu-Natal, the province with the biggest number of ANC supporters, to drum up support during a voter-registration drive. The uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association was also represented in the form of Carl Nieuhaus and Mabel Rweqana.

Zuma is accused of accepting bribes from Thales, a French arms firm during his tenure as deputy president. "This is a just a political conspiracy". "The problem now, the one I'm hated and vilified for, is that freedom without economic freedom is not complete", Zuma said.

But they can not afford to completely jettison Zuma, who remains popular among many ANC followers, especially in his home province, KwaZulu-Natal.

He claimed he was innocent, even though he was being treated like a criminal.

Earlier, Senior State Prosecutor Billy Downer told the court the reason for the adjournment was "twofold" - Zuma wanted to firstly bring a review application and hoped to finalise the review papers by 15May.




"I am innocent until proven guilty".

"Your presence here shows that you understand the Constitution and law that well".

Accused number two, arms manufacturer Thales South Africa, also meant to make representations to the National Director of Public Prosecutions on why it should not be prosecuted in the multibillion dollar arms deal scandal which first surfaced in the late 1990s.

The case against Zuma has been a long time coming.

Schabir Shaikh, Zuma's financial adviser, was charged with and found guilty of trying to solicit the arms deal bribes.

And on the day of facing charges, members of the Black First Land First (BLF) party are expected to hold a vigil for Zuma outside the court.

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