JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Former South African President Jacob Jacob uma says he is ready to stand trial on charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering.
Uma ouma appeared in Pietermaritsburg Supreme Court on Monday, where his trial was adjourned until May 26, when he will file his lawsuit.
He is accused of taking bribes from French arms maker Thales through his then-financial adviser Shabir Shayk, who was convicted in 2005 of corruption charges.
The first witness of the trial will be the Minister of Public Works Patricia De Lille, who was one of the first to claim that in 1999 The sale of weapons has been tainted with corruption.
De Lille has compiled a dossier that he says has evidence that influential members of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) are corrupting profitable government contracts with arms manufacturers and suppliers.
De Lille was in court on Monday,: he was asked to appear when the trial resumes next week.
Several ANC leaders’s uma uma uma supporters, dressed in colorful ANC uniforms, showed up at the courthouse to show their support for the former president.
The Uma uma trial begins when the ANC party is ousted by President Cyril Ramafosa, who has vowed to eradicate corruption, the uma uma supporter faction and others accused of vaccination. One of Zuma’s most prominent supporters is Ace Magashule, who has been fired as the party’s secretary general because he also faces criminal corruption charges.
Cruel Magashule told supporters in front of the courthouse that he would not be silenced, although the terms of his suspension indicated that he might not publicly mobilize or appeal to ANC supporters.
“In the conditions of Nob democracy, no one will ban me, no one will remove the ANC from me,” he said.
Former ANC MP Tony Engen, who was found guilty in 2003, was also present at the opening of the trial. In corruption, he was imprisoned, he expressed his support for Zuma.
“This is nothing but a political trial. President uma who is being persecuted? “No trial has taken place in South Africa for so long, when a person has been in court for 20 years,” Engen told his out-of-court supporters.