Former South African President Jacob Zuma, splashed in scandals that led to his forced resignation in 2018, will be tried for bribery in relation to a 20-year old arms deal involving the French group Thales. Zuma, who was in power from 2009 to 2018, is being prosecuted for corruption, money laundering and racketeering linked to a huge armament contract worth 30 billion rands (or about $2.5 billion at the current rate) awarded in 1999.
Five people were killed in a wave of xenophobic violence that has rocked South Africa since Saturday. The country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has condemned the attacks, calling them “totally unacceptable.” Close to two hundred suspected perpetrators of the attacks and looting have been arrested.
In court testimony, Former South African President Jacob Zuma rejects allegations of crimes and claims to be the target of conspiracies to get him out of the picture. He is accused of corruption and involvement with entrepreneurs who had an influence in his government. Zuma denied a number of accusations against him on Monday. He said that for years he has been the target of conspiracies and attempts to destroy his reputation.
In political science, a democratic transition is said to have been completed once at least two parties win elections. If that’s the case, the end of Apartheid twenty-five years ago merely marked the replacement of one dominant-party state by another. Since vanquishing the National Party— and white minority rule— in 1994, the African National Congress has won five consecutive elections, and governed alone. On Wednesday, the ANC will make it six in a row, and a full term for South Africa’s new President, Cyril Ramaphosa.