The much-anticipated fraud, corruption and racketeering trial of former South African president Jacob Zuma is set to start in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday, bringing to a head close on two decades of drama, intrigue and investigations into South Africa’s multibillion-rand Arms Deal. But, the Daily Maverick reports, despite African National Congress VIPs like the recently suspended Ace Magashule and party leaders in KwaZulu-Natal saying they will be at court in support of Zuma, the hype is likely to be short-lived, with proceedings probably heading for postponement because Zuma is currently without formal legal representation following his team’s withdrawal on 21 April.