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FILE Former ANC president Jacob Zuma sings at the ANC's 54th national conference on 18 December 2017

Mr. Zuma, facing 16 charges including fraud and racketeering, was subdued in his brief court appearance on Friday.

- October 2017: The Supreme Court of Appeal rules that Zuma is liable for prosecution.

In a similar way, former ANC MP and arms-deal activist Andrew Feinstein told news agencies that there was good amount of evidence against Zuma and that "should find himself in jail".

The protesters sang liberation-era songs including Umshini Wam, meaning "Bring me my machine gun", which Zuma often sang at ANC rallies and gatherings.

That is something Mr Zuma's local supporters are threatening to leverage.

The spy tapes were recordings of phone conversations that apparently showed political interference in the decision to charge Zuma 13 years ago.

Former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, will appear before the High Court of Durban on Friday to defend corruption charges leveled against him dating back to a fraught Dollars 2.5 bn arms deal in the mid-1990s.

Zuma acknowledged their support with a bow and a wave before taking his seat.

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"What's her position at Thales?" one journalist hissed.

Zuma looked tense at times, sitting in a dark suit on the court bench behind his lawyers. When Judge Themba Sishi entered alongside two assessors, the former president rose to his feet and bowed. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) reinstated the corruption charges last month.

His financial adviser at the time, Schabir Shaik, was convicted of corruption in the case in 2005 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

"The state is ready to recommence the trial", said Downer. Occasionally he fiddled with his tie or pressed his glasses further up the bridge of his nose.

His supporters had gathered since 08:00 at King Dinizulu Park ahead of a march organised by the National Interfaith Council of South Africa.

He will next appear in court on June 8. "We say also he can stand with Jacob Zuma", added Pastor Nqoba Zindela, another organiser.

Zuma sat in the dock alongside Christine Guerrier, who will represent Thales for the duration of the trial. Some held posters stating "100 per cent behind Zuma". But while he has succeeded in pushing Mr. Zuma out of office, the ANC remains badly divided between a business-friendly moderate faction and a left-wing pro-Zuma faction that supports the seizure of white-owned farmland and greater black ownership of the economy.

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