>> South Africa's former leader, Jacob Zuma defiant outside court on Friday, firmly denying multiple charges of corruption. He arrived at Durban's High Court calmly and in good spirits. While outside his supporters expressed solidarity and eagerly awaited news. Reuters' Nqobile Dludla says they've been there since Thursday when they held a night vigil.
>> What we've learnt over the years despite the shortcomings of former President Jacob Zuma is that his supporters will always be by his side. Pro-Zuma's supporters came in numbers from different parts of wearing ANC regalia and carrying placards that read # Hands off Zuma.>> But they now have some time to wait for a decision, the court postponed the trial, provisionally, until June the 8th, so both sides can prepare.
And it could end up being as late as November. He will then face accusations of corruption in a $2.5 billion arms deal in the 1990s. A case that marks a dramatic development on a continent where leaders rarely face their accusers in court.>> The case is a significant moment post that Zuma is the first former president to appear in court.
Although, Zuma is familiar with appearing in court. If you remember, in 2006, he when he was then Deputy President of the country, he was on trial for rape.>> Zuma faces charges including fraud, racketeering, and money laundering, related to the deal dating back to when he was Deputy President.
Charges were filed against him but then dropped shortly before he successfully ran for president in 2009. Since then, his opponents have fought a lengthy legal battle to have them reinstated. Prosecutors refiled the charges after Zuma was forced from power by his own party in February.>>