South Africa's ex-President Jacob Zuma appeared in a Durban court Friday. He faces multiple corruption charges relating to a billion-dollar arms deal in the late 1990s.

It's a dramatic U-turn for Zuma. Just weeks ago he held the highest office in the land. Forced out by the leadership of the ruling African National Congress - his own party - he resigned on February 14.

As he arrived at the high court for his first hearing, thousands of people turned out to support Zuma. They had been asked not to wear ANC colors, but many wore wraps and T-shirts with the former president's image.

Some supporters sang as Zuma entered the courtroom. He turned, smiling, to acknowledge them.

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