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Zuma – Innocent Until Proven Guilty

The former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma has been in the Pietermaritzburg High Court since Monday on his corruption trial, that has been ongoing for the past 15 years.

Zuma says that he has never seen a court case go on for so long and that his case is politically motivated. “Prosecutors and investigators conspired to have me imprisoned so that I would not be president.  It is clear that my case is two -fold, it includes issues of the law and of politics.  The lawyers argued that it is not just a case of criminal behaviour, it is a conspiracy,” he said.

Zuma is being accused of committing 16 counts of fraud, money laundering and racketeering.  His lawyers, Advocate Muzi Sikhakane describes the treatment given to Zuma as ‘mob justice’.

“Suppose we know that he may well have done what we suspect he did.  Does he get stripped of human dignity, is there a reason to deal with him in a particular way because he is Mr Zuma?” Muzi asked in his opening comments.  Sikhakane said Zuma’s constitutional right to a prompt trial had been violated and this would result to the trial being unfair.

Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane Zuma, was also present at the court hearing to give his father support. The hearing is scheduled to last until Friday, the hearing will not take place on Wednesday.

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