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2008-09-13 00:00:09

By Kim Sengupta Jacob Zuma's path to power in South Africa has been effectively cleared after a judge threw out corruption charges against him on the grounds that there may have been political meddling in his prosecution. The court upheld the ANC leader's complaints that he was not properly consulted before the National Prosecuting Authority decided to resurrect corruption charges against him in 2007 in connection with an arms scandal that has cast a shadow over South African politics for...

2008-08-05 00:00:11

By WILLIAM M GUMEDE ANALYSIS As Jacob Zuma seeks to have 16 corruption, fraud and money- laundering charges against him dismissed, the biggest loser already is South Africa's democracy, institutions and constitutional system. If the Pietermaritzburg High Court throws out the Zuma case, his path to become the next president of South Africa is cleared. Yet, the manner in which Mr Zuma has gone about trying to have his prosecution quashed is troubling. He has pursued a "Stalingrad"...

2006-09-03 03:12:39

By Paul Simao JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma is due in court this week to face corruption charges, strengthened by outspoken supporters who have kept alive his hope of political resurrection. Zuma, 64, one of South Africa's most charismatic leaders, was sacked by President Thabo Mbeki last year amid an arms procurement scandal. His hopes of succeeding Mbeki, who leaves office in 2009, hinge on the outcome and speed of the trial. The court...

2006-07-28 10:01:29

By Paul Simao DURBAN (Reuters) - South African trade unionists and communists rallied on Friday to demand authorities drop corruption charges against former Deputy President Jacob Zuma. Zuma is set to stand trial on Monday in a case that could wreck or resurrect his presidential hopes. More than 1,000 members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) chanted "Our president in waiting" and "Drop the charges" as they marched...

2006-05-10 10:00:08

By Wangui Kanina NAIROBI (Reuters) - An apology by South Africa's former deputy president for having unprotected sex with an HIV-positive woman will not make up for the harm done to efforts to fight AIDS there, a top UN official said on Wednesday. "I don't think anything can compensate for the damage he has done," said Stephen Lewis, the United Nations Secretary General's Special envoy for AIDS in Africa. Zuma, one of South Africa's most popular politicians, was on Monday acquitted...

2006-05-10 10:00:00

By Wangui Kanina NAIROBI (Reuters) - An apology by South Africa's former deputy president for having unprotected sex with an HIV-positive woman will not make up for the harm done to efforts to fight AIDS there, a top UN official said on Wednesday. "I don't think anything can compensate for the damage he has done," said Stephen Lewis, the United Nations Secretary General's Special envoy for AIDS in Africa. Zuma, one of South Africa's most popular politicians, was on Monday acquitted of raping...

2006-05-09 15:09:21

By Manoah Esipisu JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former Deputy President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday he was willing to run for election as South Africa's next president, wasting no time launching a political comeback attempt after his acquittal on rape charges. Zuma said he was immediately resuming his duties at the ruling African National Congress (ANC), which alone would decide whether to nominate him to succeed President Thabo Mbeki in 2009. "Personally over the years I've never refused...

2006-05-09 09:39:22

By Rebecca Harrison JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The acquittal of former Deputy President Jacob Zuma on rape charges has set South Africa back by decades in its fight against sexual violence and a brutal AIDS epidemic, activists said on Tuesday. Zuma was cleared of raping an HIV-positive family friend on Monday after a trial that delved into the accuser's sexual history and saw one of South Africa's most popular politicians downplaying the risk of having sex without a condom. South...

2006-05-09 05:39:15

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma apologized on Tuesday for having unprotected sex with an HIV-positive woman and said he was resuming his duties at the ruling ANC party after his acquittal on rape charges. "I apologize. I have no doubt about it and it (was) a mistake. The war against AIDS -- I will stand for it and I will continue to preach, even using myself as an example. We need to fight HIV and AIDS because it is a dangerous thing," he...

2006-05-08 10:00:52

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Buoyed by an acquittal in his high-profile rape case, South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma addressed thousands of cheering supporters on Monday urging them not to be cowed by those in power. "I thank you for not being frightened because you stood for the truth. No one should be intimidated because he's hated," Zuma told a crowd of several thousand jubilant supporters thronging the streets of downtown Johannesburg after his not-guilty verdict was...


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siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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