ANC disassociates from Zuma supporters

Zuma's allies, the walking wounded, pack court for his first appearance

Judge Themba Sishi announced the adjournment that was proposed by the state and supported by the defense Friday at the High Court in Durban.

Mr Zuma (75) is facing 16 fraud, racketeering, corruption and money-laundering charges that are linked to a 1999 multibillion-euro government arms deal.

Schabir Shaikh, Zuma's financial adviser, was charged with and found guilty of trying to solicit the arms deal bribes.

Following the postponement yesterday, Hoffman said that given the track record of Zuma's legal team, he foresaw they would lodge a review proceeding in respect of the decision not to uphold the representations made by Zuma.

Although Downer said authorities were ready to proceed with a trial in November, the challenge and request for a stay of prosecution could each take months, especially if appeals are pursued.

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AFP/Getty Images Jacob Zuma greets a crowd of supporters before addressing them outside the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban.

Thales, which supplied naval vessels as part of the deal, also faces charges with corruption and a company representative appeared in court alongside Zuma.

After he leaves office, Zuma faces the risk of jail over 18 criminal charges over the 783 payments he received.

The former president's supporters have reportedly descended on the city to rally for him.

Zuma had to resign in February as president of the South African Nation after there was increasing pressure on him to step down amid long-standing corruption allegations.

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The absence of Zuma's long-time legal eagle Kemp J Kemp caused some raised eyebrows. But he later mocked and ridiculed the corruption case, telling his supporters that he was being persecuted for his advocacy of radical economic policies and land reform.

Aside from the local supporters from his home province who turned up in full ANC regalia, only a handful of senior party leaders took the opportunity to publicly back their comrade and former commander-in-chief.

However, this time around the party led by the new president Cyril Ramaphosa has reportedly distanced itself from the controversy as the party prepares to contest the national elections in a year's time.

A battle is also brewing over whether the state should keep paying his legal bills.

"It surprising that the people who want to treat me like I'm guilty are the people I trust".

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