Zuma's graft trial resumes online without support crowd 

A member of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) stands by an armoured vehicle parked outside of the High Court, where the graft trial of South African ex-president Jacob Zuma resume in the southeastern city of Pietermaritzburg, on July 19, 2021. PHOTO/ AFP

What you need to know:

  • The charismatic ex-leader has retained a fervent support base within the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party and among the general public.

Ex-president Jacob Zuma returned to court on Monday for the resumption of a long-running graft trial, testifying from jail as proceedings unfolded online in a bid to avert more of the deadly unrest that swept South Africa after he was sentenced in a separate case.

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