AS IT HAPPENED: Zuma thanks supporters, says he'll challenge 'politically motivated' court case

2018-04-06 06:01

Former president Jacob Zuma's corruption case has been postponed to June 8 following a brief appearance in the Durban High Court.

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06 Apr 13:50

PICS: Jacob Zuma's day in court

See how former president Jacob Zuma finally faced his day in court.


06 Apr 13:24
Former president Jacob Zuma will appear in court again on June 8

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06 Apr 12:53

They will regret reinstating these charges - Zuma

"One day they will wish [the case never] continued".

These were the words former president Jacob Zuma spoke when he addressed a sea of supporters, dressed in the African National Congress colours of green, gold, and black, outside the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on Friday morning after his brief appearance.


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Former South African president Jacob Zuma, greets supporters outside the High Court in Durban. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

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Police patrol outside the High Court in Durban where former President Jacob Zuma appeared on charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering. (Nic Bothma , Pool via AP)

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Jacob Zuma supporters protest in support of former president Jacob Zuma protest in Durban. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

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WATCH: Umshini Wami

06 Apr 11:37

Van Rooyen, Motsoeneng, Lungisa lend Zuma support in court

Former president Jacob Zuma had the support of senior African National Congress KwaZulu-Natal leaders and former cabinet ministers when he made his first appearance at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on Friday.

Zuma was flanked by former minister of cooperative and traditional affairs Des van Rooyen and Eastern Cape ANC heavyweight Andile Lungisa as he walked up the steps into the court building.

Inside Court Room A, former SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng could be seen sitting on a bench near ANC KwaZulu-Natal leader Sihle Zikalala.


06 Apr 11:36

ANALYSIS: 4 ways Zuma could postpone justice in his corruption case

Former president Jacob Zuma appeared in the dock of the Durban High Court for the first time since 2009, as accused number one in the corruption case against him.

Finally getting the day in court he has been asking for, political and legal experts believe Friday's court appearance is only the beginning of a legal battle that Zuma will try his utmost to postpone for as long as possible.

Despite the State indicating that it was ready to proceed with its case against the former president at the earliest available date (November 12), several factors could see Zuma's prosecution being dragged out for years.


06 Apr 11:32

7 Things You Need To Know About Advocate Billy Downer

The man tasked with prosecuting Jacob Zuma on 16 charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering.

Downer asked the high court in Durban to postpone Jacob Zuma's trial to June 8.

Meanwhile, Zuma is expected to file his review application on May 15.A deputy director of public prosecutions in the Western Cape, the veteran prosecutor is familiar with former president Zuma.

Here are seven things you may not know about Downer:


06 Apr 11:30
The majority of the crowd have moved off peacefully. No incident. Police presence still strong.

06 Apr 11:17

'Blacks Are Now Saying It Is Enough' – What Zuma Told His Supporters

Thank you to the master of ceremonies and all your prayers. I wish God gives you strength so prayers quickly reach him so issues are quickly resolved.

Pastors who are this brave are commendable. You stand for God's truth.I see other leaders here - premier of the province - Willies Mchunu.

Women and youth leaders in the province are also here. All of you here I want to personally thank for you and thank you as you did many years ago.

There aren't so many nice things that follow you even if you try to avoid those things.


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(Photo: Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

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(Photo: Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

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Supporters of former president Jacob Zuma outside the Durban High Court. (Photo: Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

06 Apr 11:06
WATCH: 'Zuma is innocent until proven otherwise' - Zuma supporters

06 Apr 11:05
Praise singer now lauding Zuma.

06 Apr 10:56
Now singing a struggle song he is known to sing, "Umshini wam, Umshini wam" (meaning: my machine).

06 Apr 10:53
Zuma singing a struggle song, "I'm a young man with bruises/wounds."

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Zuma now singing.

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Thanking the masses for coming and supporting him "all the time".

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Saying, thank you for everything, it shows that you will follow me (till the end).

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Zuma says he's not bothered by people with money cause they won't make it to heaven.

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"Enough is enough! We've been talking about these things, but they need to be addressed now."

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Now talking about struggles of black people all over the world.

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It happens everywhere across the world, even to England, Zuma says.

06 Apr 10:47
"There is something you don't know: a black household suffers more than any other household in the world."

06 Apr 10:47
 I heard a voice that Zuma shouldn't campaign for the elections, (the voice said) I will beat you up.

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I learned a long time ago: when a person patronises you, you must just love and move forward.

06 Apr 10:45
Saying, he is not scared because "I know the nature of people, and I know Ubuntu".

06 Apr 10:44
Saying, it seems as if everyone has rights, except me. They are lucky that people don't get beaten up anymore (don't know the context).

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06 Apr 10:43
Saying, they don't say 'there are allegations against Zuma', they only say 'Zuma is corrupt'.

06 Apr 10:43
Saying, the Zuma name has been dragged in the mud.

06 Apr 10:42
"One day they will wish it (the case) has never been continued".

06 Apr 10:42
Saying, your presence here shows that you understand the Constitution and law that well.

06 Apr 10:42
Saying, as we know when a person is being prosecuted it doesn't mean that he is sentenced.

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