Zuma corruption case postponed

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Former South African president Jacob Zuma appears at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban.

JOHANNESBURG – The case against former president Jacob Zuma was on Friday postponed to July 27 by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban.

He faces charges of corruption, racketeering and money-laundering.

The charges relate to the controversial arms deal of the late 1990s.

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The National Prosecuting Authority announced in March that Zuma would face 16 charges – 12 of fraud, one of racketeering, two of corruption and one of money-laundering. 

He had initially escaped prosecution, although his financial adviser Schabir Shaik was jailed for corruption in the arms procurement, and Zuma was fired as deputy president.

Zuma&39;s supporters held a vigil on Thursday night.

Many of his high-profile supporters were also in court. 

The matter has been postponed provisionally to July 27 to allow the State time to respond to the defence&39;s representations, which were only handed in two nights prior.

Zuma&39;s next court appearance will be at the High Court in Pietermaritzburg.

The former president&39;s defence also told the court it wants the matter around his legal funding resolved before the matter goes to trial in November. 

Zuma&39;s lawyer Michael Hulley agreed with the State to a timetable for all applications and representations the defence wants to make. 

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