Zuma trial set for after elections

South Africans concerned ANC presidential candidate could face charges in office.

    Zuma, right, and the ANC will face a challenge at the polls from supporters of Mbeki [AFP]

    Major challenge

    Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa, reporting from outside the court, said: "People across the country are concerned that if he wins the election, he will be facing criminal charges while he is the sitting president.

    "[It's] a big concern for people [because it's] not good for the country, not good for investor confidence and not good for the general economy as the whole."

    The ANC, which has ruled the country since the end of apartheid in 1994, is meanwhile facing the biggest challenge to its rule to date.

    The Congress of the People (Cope), a splinter faction, is set to contest the election and has won some support among the electorate.

    The September ruling that initially dismissed charges against Zuma also hinted at political interference from Thabo Mbeki, then the president of South Africa.

    The ANC forced Mbeki out of office over the case, leading his supporters to form Cope.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    What draws Kenyan women to join al-Shabab and what challenges are they facing when they return to their communities?