Less than 15 minutes in court

Less than 15 minutes in court

Less than 15 minutes in court.

Zuma appeared briefly in the Durban High Court on Friday morning before Judge Themba Sishi.

However, Jacob Zuma is a master of getting anything and everything dragged out forever

The next court date is June 8 and on Friday he simply got the case postponed until the 8th of June, 2018.

However his review application, due on May 15th, is as usual yet another attempt to duck out of the way of the long arm of the law once again.

There are 2 accused in this case, Jacob Zuma and arms manufacturer Thales South Africa, represented by Christine Guirrera who flew in from France "for the occasion".

Senior State prosecutor Billy Downer told the court the reason for the adjournment was "twofold" - Zuma wanted to firstly bring a review application and hoped to finalise the review papers by May 15 and Zuma may also apply for a stay of prosecution,

Accused number two, Thales South Africa, also intended to make representations to the National Director of Public Prosecutions on why it should not be prosecuted.

Zuma waved at packed public gallery, which included Des van Rooyen and Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Zuma is accused of taking bribes from French arms maker Thales over a contract worth R30 billion during his time as a provincial economy minister and then deputy ANC president and he e faces one count of racketeering, two counts of corruption, one count of money laundering and 12 counts of fraud.

Thales, which supplied naval vessels as part of the "arms deal" has also been charged with corruption and a company representative appeared in court alongside Zuma.

Zuma is accused of illicitly pocketing a total of R4,072,499.85 from 783 payments handled by Schabir Shaik, a businessman who acted as his financial adviser and who Zuma subsequently "threw under the bus" and Shaik wond up in prison.

Zuma came to power as president shortly after the charges were first dropped in 2009 and has always denied any wrongdoing.

Shaik was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2005 based on the same accusations, but a much-criticised 2016 inquiry absolved Zuma of any blame.

He claims that there is not one shread of evidence that any of the money received by any of the consultants was paid to any officials.

Last month, prosecutions chief Shaun Abrahams - also known as "Shaun the Sheep" for his loyalty to Zuma during his presidency - did an about turn and ordered that Zuma be charged with fraud, corruption and money laundering.

Zuma was forced from office in February by the ANC largely due to his mounting legal challenges and multiple corruption scandals, and the ANC has distanced itself from its former leader.

Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to crack down on government corruption, which he has admitted is a serious problem.

Campaign groups are hoping that the case could set a benchmark for allegedly corrupt leaders to face prosecutions, which are a rarity on the African continent.