Durban – Former President Jacob Zuma’s long-delayed corruption trial will finally begin in May.
This was confirmed before the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday when the matter returned for a pre-trial hearing presided over by Judge Nkosinathi Chili.
Zuma was not in court and the state said it had no qualms about that, as there was a prior agreement that he should not come.
He is accused of pocketing bribes during the 1998-1999 arms acquisition.
He denies the charges against him, saying they are politically motivated.
The bribes, including an annual advance of R500,000, were allegedly paid by his former financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, and came from Thales, a French arms company that obtained …