It has taken nearly a decade and millions of rands in legal fees to get former president Jacob Zuma back in a court room to face charges of corruption, racketeering and fraud. But, if Zuma has his way, it may take another decade before he actually pleads to the case against him. Central to whether the dormant prosecution of SA’s former first citizen ever actually goes ahead will be if — and how — he gets the money he needs to fight it. Last week, Zuma appeared for the second time in the Durban high court to face the recently revived 12-year-old case against him. Speaking to his supporters outside court afterwards, it was all Zuma could do to contain his fury. "I don’t want to be provoked. They speak about me in public and I am warning them in public. Tell them to stop messing with me ... I am warning that I will start speaking," he said. Though Zuma didn’t mention his successor, he is also seething that President Cyril Ramaphosa has failed to defend him from the consequences of his ...

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