Jean-Jacques Cornish

Jacob Zuma’s corruption trial delayed until July 27

The corruption trial of former President Jacob Zuma has been postponed  until July 27 to give French arms firm Thales time to make a representation that charges against it should be dropped and Zuma’s legal team to ascertain whether the State will pay his legal fees 
 Zuma will make another appearance next month but his trial on charges of fraud,  corruption, money laundering and racketeering relating to a multi billion rand arms procurement deal while he was still vice president, is unlikely to start then.
After his brief appearance this morning (Friday), the former president took the stage to speak and sing to thousands of supporters outside the Durban High Court.
He said the charges against him should be dropped because they amounted to nothing.
He warned that he had the files on those meeting secretly against him and he would not hesitate to expose their corruption.
His mood was studiously upbeat as he ended his 30-minute speech in Zulu to supporters with two revolutionary songs including  his trademark “mshiniwam”.
The specially elected stage included activists from organizations promoting land expropriation without compensation and radical economic transformation who have taken Zuma as a godfather figure.
It was also an opportunity for disgraces members like Carl Niehaus and Supra Mahumapelo to reciprocate the support Zuma has shown them in their hours of shame.
Question two
What was his mood?
(I have sent a sound clip of Zuna singing his trademark Mshiniwam (bring me my machine gun) liberation song, which we could insert here if you require)
Question three
Why does Zuma still have this amount of support?

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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.