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Jacob Zuma court case adjourned to 8 June

The former president is facing charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering.

Former South African president Jacob Zuma in the dock at the Durban High Court on 6 April 2018 for a preliminary hearing related to charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering. Picture: AFP

DURBAN - Former president Jacob Zuma's corruption case has been provisionally adjourned to 8 June.

The matter was heard in less than half an hour in the Durban High Court on Friday morning.

Zuma is facing 16 charges stemming from the arms deal almost a decade ago.

The charges against him were dropped in 2009, however, National Prosecuting Authority head Shaun Abrahams announced last month that they would prosecute the former president.

State prosecutor Billy Downer explained why they want a postponement.

"The purpose of the adjournment is two-fold. Firstly, in respect of accused number one, Mr Zuma, we've been informed by our learned friends for Mr Zuma the he wishes to bring a review application on the decision to prosecute him again and in that respect we've been informed that they hope to finalise the review papers by the middle of May."

WATCH: Jacob Zuma in the dock

Schabir Shaik was convicted to 15 years in prison for his involvement in facilitating a bribe for Zuma from French arms manufacturer Thales in exchange for political protection during the investigation into the arms deal.

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