Zuma trial: Long court battle awaits
As Jacob Zuma is no longer president, he cannot use state resources to support his defence.
But do not get too ahead of yourself – Mr Zuma is known for fighting every single battle right till the end.
Therefore expect some pushback even after this heavy blow.
He is by law allowed to challenge this decision. In other words we might see a delay before any trial actually starts.
And even when the trial begins, it will be long and drawn out.
But for now his political enemies, particularly the opposition, are celebrating that he is closer to facing a judge in court than ever before.