Former president Jacob Zuma returns to the dock on Friday to face graft charges with a brand new legal team. In the meantime, the annual Brics summit scheduled for SA this week has been touted as the most important foreign policy and investment week for the country since President Cyril Ramaphosa took office in February this year. Prior to his forced resignation, Zuma had requested a notice period of three months, saying he would use it to introduce Ramaphosa to international bodies such as Brics. The ANC rejected this. Brics is an acronym for the grouping of the world’s leading emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. SA joined after being invited in December 2010. SA assumed the rotational chairmanship of Brics from January 1 to December 31 2018. The leaders of the member countries including controversial presidents such as Vladimir Putin from Russia and Narendra Modi from India, are expected to be in SA this week. Besides other events leading up to the s...

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