South Africa's former president Jacob Zuma has appeared in court to face corruption charges linked to an arms deal that dates back to before he became the country's leader.
Mr Zuma, who was forced to stand down as South Africa's president in February by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, addressed a crowd of more than 1,000 supporters outside Durban high court after his case was adjourned until June 8th next.
A court in April 2016 said that the NPA's decision to withdraw the charges was irrational and made under political pressure, adding that Mr Zuma should face the charges as outlined in the indictment.
Zuma also pointed out that 13 years had passed since he last appeared in court for the same charges and blamed opposition parties for the case's return to court.
Legal expert Paul Hoffman said Zuma and his legal team would try anything to "duck, dive, delay and defect" the case so that he may never be asked to plead to the charges.
His supporters descended on the city to rally for him, while his critics think court action is long overdue.
- October 2017: The Supreme Court of Appeal rules that Zuma is liable for prosecution.
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It seems Jacob Zuma's legal woes keep mounting.
Zuma also says he doesn't understand why he is facing the same charges that were dropped over 10 years ago.
The decision by ANC to make the way clear for Zuma is contrary to its previous public displays of support and defense of Zuma during the 2006 rape trial and previous attempts to charge him for corruption.
"100% Not Guilty", was the slogan on at least one T-shirt worn by a supporter - a 2018 take on the old Zuma slogan "100% Zulu boy".
On the defendant's bench in the courtroom, Mr. Zuma politely greeted Christine Guerrier, a vice-president of Thales, who was delegated to represent the co-accused company.
The ANC, led by new president Cyril Ramaphosa, is keen to distance itself from the controversy as it prepares to contest the national elections in a year's time.
Despite that, Zuma still has strong support among the South African masses with the reports of thousands to attend a pro-Zuma march on Friday. But the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, challenged the decision to set aside the charges, and in 2016, it was judged "irrational" by the High Court - a ruling that the Supreme Court upheld previous year.