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17 May 14:48

'He is so old and now we are wasting money running behind him' – Zuma supporters

Die-hard supporters of corruption accused, former president Jacob Zuma, say he should be allowed to retire in peace and not be disturbed by criminal proceedings.

Zuma appeared in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday where his corruption trial, linked to 16 charges relating to 783 payments he allegedly received in connection with the controversial Arms Deal, kicked off.

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17 May 13:40

Supra Mahumapelo: We must allow Jacob Zuma to 'go into obscurity' with grace and dignity

Former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo said on Monday said that those who wanted to "inflict pain" on corruption-accused former president Jacob Zuma before and after the dawn of democracy had achieved their objective.

Mahumapelo, who was outside the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Monday morning ahead of what was meant to be the start of Zuma's corruption trial, said Zuma's reputation had been harmed enough.

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17 May 12:30

Zuma to plead 'not guilty' when case resumes on 26 May

Former president Jacob Zuma will plead not guilty to corruption charges when he returns to court on 26 May. Zuma appeared in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Monday, where the matter was postponed.

Zuma's advocate Thabani Masuku SC indicated that they wished to bring a "special plea".  He also added that Zuma was ready to proceed with the trial.

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17 May 11:13

Barry Roux, for French arms company Thales, says it is ready to proceed. Case adjourned to 26 May.

17 May 11:12

Masuku: Mr Zuma is ready to proceed with the trial, he has always been ready to proceed with the trial. He adds that it should "never be regarded" that the plea he intends to raise is a sign that he is not ready to proceed.

17 May 11:10

Downer confirms that the State "has already been ready to begin" and asks that its first witness Patricia de Lille be excused.

17 May 11:09

Koen now reading out the directions for the broadcast of the Zuma trial - which will allow witnesses to object to being filmed. Audio will be broadcast. These appear to be the same broadcast conditions that were used in the Oscar Pistorius trial.

17 May 11:04

Koen indicates that Zuma trial will resume on 26 May, so that his "special plea" can be dealt with.

17 May 11:03

BREAKING: Zuma advocate confirms that he will plead "not guilty", once case gets under way

17 May 11:01

Downer stresses that the State needs to know exactly what the "special plea" application will entail before it can respond to it.

17 May 11:00

Important to stress that we do not know the case that Zuma's lawyers will bring with regard to Downer's presence in the case. It seems Zuma wishes to bring an application for a "special plea" on Wednesday - an application which requires the State to be given formal notice.

17 May 10:55

Prosecutor Billy Downer confirms that the defence intends to apply for his recusal. As yet, though, he has not seen the papers.

17 May 10:53

Koen grants Zuma attorney Eric Mabuza the right to withdraw.

17 May 10:52

Judge Piet Koen points out that the case against Zuma was certified as trial ready in February this year. He know asks Masuku whether he is ready to proceed with the case?

Yes I am, he says.

17 May 10:47

It seems the delay in the case starting is linked to discussions over when it will be postponed to. Timeline will be crucial, as the State is determined to avoid long delays.

17 May 10:40

Former SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni's advocate Nqabayethu Buthelezi is now part of the Zuma legal team, alongside Thabani Masuke, who resigned with Zuma's former lawyers three weeks ago, but has now returned to represent him.

17 May 10:37

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17 May 10:36

Former South African president Jacob Zuma speaks with a member of his legal team in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg. (ROGAN WARD / POOL / AFP) 
<em>Former South African president Jacob Zuma speaks with a member of his legal team in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg. (ROGAN WARD / POOL / AFP)&nbsp;</em>

17 May 10:36

Former South African president Jacob Zuma speaks with a member of his legal team in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg. (ROGAN WARD / POOL / AFP) 
<em>Former South African president Jacob Zuma speaks with a member of his legal team in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg. (ROGAN WARD / POOL / AFP)&nbsp;</em>

17 May 10:25

WATCH | 'Long live Jacob Zuma’ chanted from gallery as the former president arrives in court

17 May 10:17

WATCH | Support for Jacob Zuma outside court, as corruption trial gets under way

17 May 10:05

Zuma's attorney former attorney Eric Mabuza is also in court this morning, after being summoned to explain exactly why Zuma's legal team resigned three weeks before his trial was due to start. While the exit has been linked to the Appeal Court ruling that confirmed Zuma was not entitled to government funding of his corruption trial defense costs, Mabuza has reportedly told the court it was due to undisclosed "ethical reasons".

17 May 10:03

BREAKING: Former President Zuma's legal team have told the State that they intend to apply for the recusal of lead prosecutor Billy Downer, News24 has learnt from impeccable sources - but they will only be ready to file that application on Wednesday. It is now certain there will be a battle about when and how this case actually starts.

17 May 09:51

Inside the Pietermaritzburg High Court. (Karyn Maughan, News24)
<em>Inside the Pietermaritzburg High Court. (Karyn Maughan, News24)</em>

17 May 09:50

Inside the Pietermaritzburg High Court. (Karyn Maughan, News24)
<em>Inside the Pietermaritzburg High Court. (Karyn Maughan, News24)</em>

17 May 08:45

ANALYSIS | After demanding his trial start, is Zuma finally going to plead to the case against him?

For well over a year, former president Jacob Zuma has repeatedly stated that he wants to face his Arms Deal corruption trial as soon as possible - but will he finally plead to the charges against him on Monday morning?

If history is anything to go by, probably not.

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