Pietermaritzburg – Unlike in the past when previous president Jacob showed up under the steady gaze of the Pietermaritzburg High Court for his long running defilement preliminary, on Tuesday morning the common capital was quiet.
This was as Zuma and his huge company of security group and allies were absent. That was in expectation that the matter would be deferred to May 17 this year.
Zuma is blamed for stashing pay-offs during the 1998-1999 obtainment of arms. He denies the charges against him, saying they are politically spurred.
The pay-offs, including a R500 000 yearly retainer, were supposedly paid by his previous monetary counselor, Schabir Shaik, and they came from Thales, a French arms organization that scored tenders to supply arms during the arms acquirement measure.
Inside the court, lawful hawks for Zuma and Thales, blamed for paying off him, had just amassed. Zuma's group included promoter Mpilo Sikhakhane and supporter Rudolph Baloyi.
By 7am, Freedom Park, the recreation center inverse the high court was utilized by individuals leaving their vehicles while others were seen unwinding.
The huge park is regularly utilized by Zuma's allies to assemble while sitting tight for him to address them. On the day, just a small bunch of cops and Msunduzi (Pietermaritzburg) security work force were seen. Inside the court area, news channels had set up giving their watchers some update about the prominent case.
With the delay known ahead of time, the Msunduzi district even educated its occupants there would be no street terminations.
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