- Title: South Africa's Zuma to face corruption trial
- Date: 11th October 2019
- Summary: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (OCTOBER 11, 2019) (REUTERS) SANDTON CITY SHOPPING CENTRE (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOHANNESBURG RESIDENT, MIKAELA SAMMUALS, SAYING; "I think that it is only fair because justice needs to be served where it is due." PEOPLE WALKING ON THE STREETS IN SANDTON (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOHANNESBURG RESIDENT, TEBOGO LEBODI, SAYING; "I think it's a fair thing the trial should go on, let's have belief on our justice system."
- Embargoed: 25th October 2019 12:42
- Keywords: South Africa Zuma court Gupta corruption
- Location: JOHANNESBURG / PIETERMARITZBURG / PRETORIA AND CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
- City: JOHANNESBURG / PIETERMARITZBURG / PRETORIA AND CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
- Country: South Africa
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA002B0NLFEV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: South African former President Jacob Zuma will stand trial on corruption charges relating to a $2 billion arms deal after a high court on Friday (October 11) denied him a permanent stay of prosecution.
The ruling by Judge Jerome Mnguni in Pietermaritzburg paves the way for Zuma's long-awaited trial to start on Oct. 15.
The case is a rare example of an African leader being held to account for his actions. Zuma denies wrongdoing.
Zuma, in office from 2009-2018, had applied for a permanent stay of prosecution on 18 charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to a deal to buy European military hardware for South Africa's armed forces in the 1990s.
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