South Africa's Zuma wants arms deal corruption charges set aside
SEE ALSO :Jacob Zuma: I'm treated unfairlyZuma’s lawyer Mike Hellens said on Friday that state prosecutors had displayed a dismissive attitude towards Zuma. The 76-year-old Zuma, wearing a black suit and red tie, was subdued in court. Several former cabinet ministers and African National Congress politicians traveled to Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal province, to support their former patron. Zuma, whose nine years in power were marked by economic stagnation and credit rating downgrades, has previously said he is the victim of a politically motivated witch-hunt. The charges against him were originally filed a decade ago but then set aside by the National Prosecuting Authority shortly before he successfully ran for president in 2009. After his election, his opponents fought a lengthy legal battle to have the charges reinstated, finally succeeding in 2016. Zuma countered with his own legal challenges. The speed with which prosecutors have moved against Zuma is a sign of his waning influence since he was replaced as head of state by Cyril Ramaphosa, his former deputy. Ramaphosa has made the fight against corruption a priority as he seeks to woo foreign investment and revamp an ailing economy.
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