Jacob Zuma corruption trial ruling expected this Tuesday, as normalcy returns to South Africa

The Pietermaritzburg High Court is set to deliver the ruling on the postponement of the trial of former South African President Jacob Zuma trial this Tuesday.

The long-running corruption trial of jailed former South African President Jacob Zuma resumed virtually this Monday, despite deadly violence that swept the nation after his imprisonment for contempt of court.

Zuma, who is currently serving a 15-month jail sentence for contempt of court, is seeking the postponement of his fraud and corruption trial related to the 1999 arms procurement deal.

The former South African president faces 16 charges of fraud, graft and racketeering related to the purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and military gear from five European arms firms when he was the vice president.

Meanwhile, South Africa is slowly returning to normalcy with President Cyril Ramaphosa having joined post-riot clean-up efforts in Soweto, Gauteng Province this Sunday.

South Africa was gripped by more than a week of chaos that claimed over 200 lives as looters ransacked shopping centres and unidentified groups torched key industrial infrastructure and blocked trade routes.

The violence, described as the worst in post-apartheid South Africa, erupted after Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in jail for snubbing a corruption inquiry.

President Ramaphosa is under mounting pressure after the arrest of only one of the suspected masterminds of what officials have called an attempted insurrection, which caused an estimated one billion United States dollars of damage.

Police Minister Bheki Cele has warned unruly elements after residents of Phoenix outside Durban, were accused of victimising their black counterparts.

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