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Former president Jacob Zuma arrived at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday for his third appearance on corruption charges relating to the arms deal in the late 1990s. Zuma faces 16 charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to a deal to buy European military hardware. His appearance on Friday comes almost a decade to the day after his first appearance — with his then co-accused Pierre Moynot‚ representing the French-based arms company Thales — in the same court on 18 charges of corruption‚ money laundering‚ fraud and tax evasion. Dressed in a dark suit and red tie, the former president was seen in court on Friday shaking hands with his supporters before sitting down. Prosecutors and Zuma’s lawyers are expected to argue over a start date for the trial. Vigil Dozens of his supporters held an overnight vigil in the city and hundreds marched to court through the streets of Pietermaritzburg, chanting support for Zuma. Some said the former president, whose nine yea...

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