Jacob Zuma has told the Pietermaritzburg High Court that he is ‘not guilty’ of a whopping 18 criminal charges filed against him – after the details of his rap sheet were made public on Wednesday. It’s understood that Zuma received bribes from Schabir Shaik, from 1995 to 2005. In total, those illicit benefits amounted to almost R5 million.
The judge clarified with Jacob Zuma that all was understood on his side, given the magnitude of the counts filed against him. The 79-year-old agreed, and after a slight delay, he comprehensively entered his plea of ‘not guilty’. It’s perhaps a good time to save this moment in history – because we WILL be revisiting it…
Breaking news President Zuma plead not guilty to all charges before him and the court brought by NPA #ZumaArmsDealTrial #Zuma #Pietermaritzburghighcourt #Zumapleadsnotguilty @MYANC pic.twitter.com/KmgwujP5Nt— Cameron Mpho (@Cameronmomoo) May 26, 2021
So, what exactly is uBaba denying? A LOT: The ex-president is accused of everything from money laundering to tax fraud. He’s believed to have been on an annual retainer to lobby in favour of the arms group Thales, and these supposedly dodgy dealings were all facilitated through Schabir Shaik. The charge sheet for Jacob Zuma reads: