Jacob Zuma’s corruption trial over arms deal pushed back.

The corruption trial of South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma has been pushed to 26 May where a formal plea will be entered.

He is expected to plead not guilty.

Mr Zuma’s supporters gathered outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court ahead of his appearance.

The former President faces 16 counts of corruption relating to a multi-billion-dollar arms deal.

A total of 217 witnesses are expected to testify against him.

The case centres on an arms deal with French arms company Thales that was meant to modernise South Africa’s defence in the late 1990s.

Both Mr Zuma and the company have denied the charges which include fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

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