Trial for South Africa’s Ex-President Jacob Zuma postponed in the alleged corruption charges


It is always appreciated when the arm of the law reaches even to the mightiest of the nation. Everyone is the same in the eyes of the law and is punishable. Such is the case with a South African ex-president Jacob Zuma currently jailed in the alleged corruption charges.

But interestingly, many people in his country loved their president and looked up to him. Hence, this arrest has spread a wide range amongst its citizens.

What started as an outburst has now turned into violent protests and looting in the streets of Africa.

But why was he arrested?

The story of why Zuna was arrested begins more than two years ago.

South Africa’s former finance minister Mcebisi Jonas claimed that he was offered 600 million rands (about $44 million) by the Gupta brothers to be the country’s finance minister.

They wanted him to approve a Nuclear deal. But, the former minister refused as such a deal could cost the nation a bankrupt economy.

Gupta brothers are one of the most influential business families of South Africa and were known to have strong ties with then-president Jacob Zuma.

Once such allegations of bribery came out, official complaints were filed against all those who seemed involved, including then-president Jacob Zuma.

However, since Mr Zuma refused to be present for the official inquiry, even after multiple attempts by the commission, he was sentenced to jail for fifteen months on June 29th, 2021.

At what stage is the case now?

In the latest update, Mr Zuma’s trial for corruption, money laundering and racketeering charges has begun virtually due to the security issues linked to the protest that was happening currently.

However, soon Mr Zuma’s lawyer Dali Mpofu argued that his client should be allowed to be physically present in the court.

And hence, following the request, the trial has been postponed till August 10th, 2021.

However, given the current situation in South Africa, the test might get further delayed as the protests might lead to a more extensive economic and security crisis.

Rajal Brahmbhatt
Rajal Brahmbhatt
I want to make words fun, someday! Yes, you heard that right. Being someone who panicked every time she saw a book with more than 200 pages, over the years I have 'suffered' for not knowing enough. To remove that, I decided to start the journey of going through those heavy books - few pages at a time. Soon, I realised I was in love. I was in love with the art, the style, the emotions, the metaphors and everything that made me a better person in the end. That's where the idea struck me - Why not take this relationship to the next stage? So these days, I try to scribble on every paper I can find to make some sense out of life. What makes me a good(ish) writer? Efforts, I guess. Believe me, I never stop trying :)



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