After protests across the country that have left more than 200 people dead in recent days, and even suffocated the national economy with the looting of many stores, former South African President Jacob Zuma, 79, will be on trial. Embroiled in multiple scandals and accusations of corruption, the former head of state of the rainbow nation is on trial in a bribery case.
South Africa’s former president, Jacob Zuma, is in trouble. The latest protests across the country, following his imprisonment for corruption, are certainly not helping his case. The former head of state of the rainbow nation is expected to answer in court on charges of corruption, as he is on trial in a bribery case that is over 20 years old.
Jacob Zuma was convicted in late June for repeatedly refusing to testify before a commission investigating state corruption under his presidency (2009-2018). Supporters of former South African President Jacob Zuma are accused of fomenting the chaos of recent days, which President Cyril Ramaphosa has described as an orchestrated attempt to destabilize the country.
The former president is due to appear in court in Pietermaritzburg (East) on Monday, July 19, 2021, to answer sixteen counts of fraud, corruption and racketeering related to the purchase of military equipment from five European arms companies in 1999, when he was Vice President. He is accused of having pocketed more than four million rand (235,000 euros at the current rate), notably from the French group Thales, which was one of the companies awarded the lucrative contract worth approximately 2.8 billion euros.