Yesterday morning, Zuma appeared in the dock in the Durban High Court, to be told by Judge Themba Sishi that his case would be postponed to June. He is accused of accepting bribes from French arms firm Thales via his financial adviser at the time.The adviser, Schabir Shaikh, was found guilty of trying to solicit the bribes and was jailed in 2005.
- April 2009: Acting chief prosecutor Mokotedi Mpshe withdraws charges against Zuma based on the phone conversation of the so-called "spy tapes" that suggest the charges were politically motivated. That application - should it fail - is likely to be followed by an application for a permanent stay of prosecution.
This happened after the elder statesman made a brief appearance in the Durban High Court on Friday. Zuma was sacked as deputy president and two years later was charged.
The rallies in support of him were "an appalling exhibition of disregard for the very serious charges he faces", prominent broadcaster Eusebius McKaiser tweeted.
One controversial aspect of Zuma's case is its funding by taxpayers, enabling his lawyers to mount successive appeals and challenges - a legal strategy dubbed in South African media as Zuma's "Stalingrad" approach, a reference to his lawyers' determination to fight for every yard of legal turf however long it takes.
- February 2018: Zuma is forced to resign as South African president by his party in the wake of mounting corruption scandals.
- October 2017: The Supreme Court of Appeal rules that Zuma is liable for prosecution.
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Zuma also says he doesn't understand why he is facing the same charges that were dropped over 10 years ago. "I am innocent until proven guilty", he said.
A young traditional dancer in full warrior costume and clutching a shield took to the stage following Zuma to entertain the crowd after he addressed them in his native Zulu language.
The speed with which prosecutors have booked Zuma's day in court is also a sign of the control that his successor, Cyril Ramaphosa, has managed to exert over the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and South Africa's bureaucracy.
AFP/Getty Images Jacob Zuma gestures to his supporters as he appears at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban.
Zuma has claimed the inquiry proved there was "not a single iota" of evidence for wrongdoing.
"Radical Economic Transformation agenda is under attack inside the ANC and him being as a symbolic representative of the agenda is being attacked through the judiciary", he said. But the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, challenged the decision to set aside the charges, and in 2016, it was judged "irrational" by the High Court - a ruling that the Supreme Court upheld previous year.
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