Duduzane Zuma released on R100k bail, case to be heard in 2019

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Businessman and son of a former president Duduzane Zuma arrived at the Johannesburg Central police station early on Monday morning‚ ahead of an expected appearance before the specialised Commercial Crimes Court later in the day.

The 34-year-old's lawyer, Rudi Krause, confirmed to TimesLIVE that Zuma has been formally charged with corruption.

City Press reported that he was set to be charged with corruption - apparently in connection with the role he allegedly played in an incident where former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas has said there was an attempt to bribe him at the Guptas' Saxonwold home in 2015.

The case was postponed to 24 January, 2019.

Duduzane faces charges of corruption and conspiracy to commit corruption which his lawyers say he will contest.

Jonas revealed how he was offered a bribe to take the job of finance minister.

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Zuma and the Guptas have denied any wrongdoing.

He was briefly detained upon arrival at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport this week.

Duduzane, who appeared relaxed and was joking with journalists in court on Monday despite being shackled, was ordered to hand over his passport and report weekly to police by magistrate Jeremy Jansen van Vuuren.

This is the first time a high-ranking individual could face the music for their alleged links to state capture.

Jacob Zuma was also in court last month on corruption charges relating to a $2.5 billion arms deal from the 1990s.

He is also due in court on Thursday on culpable homicide charges over a deadly vehicle crash in 2014.

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