South Africa: Jacob Zuma Corruption Trial Adjourned
Soon after opening on Friday, April 6, 2018, the trial of former South African President Jacob Zuma on 18 counts of corruption, fraud and money laundering, was adjourned to June 8, 2018, Radio France International reported. The so-called SpyTapes Affair concerns a 1999 arms deal worth 2.5 billion US dollars (1,322 billion FCFA) when Zuma was Deputy President.
The matter involving French firm, Thales, was dropped on three occasions in 2005, 2007 and 2009. Reports said the adjournment was the result of a compromise deal between the prosecution and defence to allow the two parties prepare their arguments, and also for the former leader’s appeal against the reintroduction of the corruption charges to be heard.