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South Africa ex-Deputy President formally indicted on corruption charges

[JURIST] Former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma [ANC profile] was formally indicted by a Durban magistrate court Saturday on corruption charges stemming from his relationship with his financial advisor Schabir Shaik who was sentenced [JURIST report] in June to 15 years in prison for bribery and fraud. The trial, originally scheduled to begin last October, was delayed [JURIST report] by prosecutors seeking evidence to bring additional charges aganst Zuma and is now scheduled to run from July 31 2006 until November 14. Zuma, who was fired [JURIST report] last June by President Thabo Mbeki [BBC profile], remains deputy president of the ANC political party and is still touted as a potential presidential candidate by his supporters. Reuters has more.

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