Zuma’s corruption case adjourned until June 8th

Former South African president Jacob Zuma’s corruption case has been adjourned until June 8th, signaling that a criminal trial may be delayed until at least the end of the year.

Mr. Zuma (75) faces 16 charges brought by South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority that range from corruption to racketeering related to bribes he allegedly took in the 1990s from weapons dealers including French arms maker Thales SA, which is also a defendant.

Judge Themba Sishi announced the adjournment that was proposed by the state and supported by the defense Friday at the High Court in Durban.

The case signals a dramatic turnaround in South Africa where Mr. Zuma held a tight grip on power for almost a decade before his former deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, won the leadership of the ruling African National Congress in December and took over as president in February.

His downfall and Mr. Ramaphosa’s rise have boosted confidence in the economy, with Moody’s Investors Service last month removing its threat of a junk credit rating.