LIVE VIDEO: Zuma in court on corruption, racketeering charges

PIETERMARITZBURG –  Former president Jacob Zuma is expected to appear in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday, facing fraud, corruption and money laundering charges.

Zuma is accused of taking bribes from French arms maker Thales over a contract worth R30-billion during his time as a provincial economy minister and then deputy African National Congress (ANC) president. He faces one count of racketeering, two counts of corruption, one count of money laundering and 12 counts of fraud.

Zuma appeared in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court on 8 June, where his case was postponed to July 27.

Zuma’s backers are expected to gather outside the courtroom and residents have been warned of heavy traffic in the central business district.

Zuma’s supporters are expected to start gathering at Dales Park in Mayors Walk on Friday morning and march to Freedom Square where they will wait for the duration of the case until they are addressed by Zuma.

KwaZulu-Natal police on Thursday said that strict measures were in place ahead of Zuma’s appearance.

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