Zuma says charges a 'political conspiracy'

Former president Jacob Zuma says he's a victim of a political conspiracy.

PIETERMARITZBURG - Former president Jacob Zuma says he's a victim of a political conspiracy.

He addressed scores of supporters outside the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg where he appeared briefly.

His fraud and corruption case has been postponed to next year.

READ: Zuma files last-minute appeal at corruption trial

He's also appealing last week's decision to disallow his request for a permanent stay of prosecution.

Ousted by the ANC in February 2018 after two terms in power marked by corruption allegations and economic stagnation, Zuma has repeated his claim that the charges are a politically motivated conspiracy.

Outside court on Tuesday, Zuma ascended a mobile stage to a chorus of ululations and his campaign song, telling the crowd that he deserved a clear explanation of why his stay of prosecution application was denied.

READ: Zuma trial postponed to 2020

"I'm used to this kind of treatment but I don't want to say too much," Zuma told the crowd.

"When you are a black person in this country you will be attacked and mistreated all the way to the grave."

- Additional reporting Reuters

Former president Jacob Zuma's fraud and corruption case has been postponed until next year.

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