Jacob Zuma to appear in court on corruption charges


Former president Jacob Zuma is expected to appear in the Durban High Court on Friday where he will face 16 charges relating to 783 payments, which he allegedly received in connection with the controversial multibillion-rand arms deal.

While court is expected to get underway at 09:30 on Friday morning, pro-Zuma supporters are expected to gather outside from the early hours of the morning.

The National Interfaith Council of South Africa, in partnership with the Commission for Religious Affairs, held a vigil on Thursday night ahead of Zuma's appearance. A march and "the mother of all prayers" were also planned for Friday morning.

At a press briefing on Wednesday, Bishop Bheki Ngcobo told reporters that they were working with law enforcement agencies to ensure peace.

"We want to announce that we have received information that there are elements that have already been mobilised to join the activities to cause chaos. This is aimed at creating a wrong perception in the eyes of the public that former president Zuma's supporters are anarchists," he said.

Meanwhile, News24 has reliably learnt that the same state advocate who successfully prosecuted fraudster Schabir Shaik will lead the corruption case against Zuma.

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