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South Africa: Zuma's Corruption Trial Set for July 2006

The corruption trial for South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma has been set for July 31 next year.

The spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority Makhosini Nkosi said Wednesday that lawyers for both sides agreed to the date.

Mr. Zuma was greeted by hundreds of supporters proclaiming his innocence when he made a brief court appearance on Tuesday in Durban.

His firing by South African President Thabo Mbeki earlier this year exposed a deep rift within the ruling African National Congress.

Mr. Zuma was charged with two counts of corruption after his former financial manager was convicted of seeking bribes for the deputy president, who was once considered Mr. Mbeki's most likely successor.

Mr. Zuma has denied any wrongdoing.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.