Sequence of events in the ongoing saga

l June 20 2005 - National director of prosecutions Vusi Pikoli charges Zuma with corruption.

l June 20 2005 - National director of prosecutions Vusi Pikoli charges Zuma with corruption.

l June 29 2005 - Zuma appears for the first time in the Durban magistrate's court.

l August 18 2005 - Scorpions seize 93000 documents in raids on the homes and offices of Zuma, his lawyers and French arms manufacturer Thint. The Durban high court subsequently ruled that the documents could not be used because the search warrants used by the police were illegal.

In 2007 the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld the appeals against the ruling.

l March 11 and 12 2008 - Zuma and his co-accused Thint lodge an application in the Constitutional Court questioning the legality of the 2005 raids. They wanted the documents returned to them. Zuma and Thint also questioned the legality of a letter by the NPA to the Mauritian attorney-general to send 14 documents seized from Thint to South Africa.

Zuma had previously tried to convince the Mauritian authorities not to hand over the documents to the NPA.

l July 31 2008 - The Constitutional Court rules against the challenge by Zuma.

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