Ramaphosa believes Zumaꞌs supporters orchestrated some of the worst unrest in the post apartheid era. More than 200 people were killed and more than 2,500 were arrested.
However, while the protests were widely thought to be at least partially connected to Zuma's trial, public dissatisfaction with rising unemployment and COVID-related economic fallout is also high.
The South African authorities deployed forces again during Monday morningꞌs case. Armored cars patrolled the entrance to the Pietermaritzburg court in case violence flared again, although no incidents were reported.
Defendant addresses court remotely from prison
State prosecutors at Pietermaritzburg court in KwaZulu-Natal allege that Zuma received bribes, committed fraud and was involved in money laundering as part of a $2 billion weapons contract with French company Thales in the late 1990s.
Zuma has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
On Monday, Zumaꞌs lawyers used what prosecutors called the Stalingrad defense to try to postpone the case further by saying he could only receive a fair trial if he was physically present.
Zuma is answering to the charges virtually from Estcourt prison.
The judge on the case, Piet Koen, adjourned the hearing until Tuesday at 10am (UTC+2).
So far, the man who was president from 2009 to 2018 claims the charges are part of a political vendetta against him.
Zuma, who still has widespread support in the country, handed himself in on July 7 to serve a sentence for contempt of court handed down after he declined to testify in another corruption case involving his alleged dealings with the Gupta brothers.