Durban on lockdown as Zuma appears in court

Former president Jacob Zuma, pictured in 2017, is embroiled in a corruption probe. PHOTO: THE CITIZEN

The Presidential guard, ordinary members of the South African Police Service (SAPS), and metro police have thrown a ring of steel around the Durban High Court ahead of Jacob Zuma’s appearance on corruption charges today.
There’s still little sign of the massive promised prayer group and “Hands off Zuma” protesters who held a night vigil until the early hours of this morning.
A small group of protesters have gathered in front of the court, while a larger group is busy gathering at King Dinizulu Park nearby.
Zuma is appearing on 12 counts of fraud, two of corruption, one of money laundering, and one of racketeering related to 783 payments allegedly made to and on behalf of Zuma by Schabir Shaik and his Nkobi Group totalling more than R4 million.
Shaik was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2005 over the same issues however in 2009 Shaik was released on medical parole, after serving two years and four months of his prison term.
Zuma is likely to say he had no intention to commit fraud however at this stage it is unclear what legal gymnastics his defence team will be performing.
Kemp J Kemp will be appearing for Zuma, while Billy Downer, who successfully prosecuted Schabir Schaik, is believed to be stepping up for the State today. – Amanda Watson/The Citizen