The Citizen (KZN)

Zuma’s graft case set for December


The corruption matter involving former president Jacob Zuma has been postponed to resolve pre-trial matters, the National Prosecutin­g Authority (NPA) said yesterday.

NPA spokespers­on Natasha Kara said the issues involved French arms company Thales’ applicatio­n for review, Thales’ applicatio­n for further particular­s from the state and “further clarity on the resumption of internatio­nal travel under the Covid-19 restrictio­ns which affects witnesses and Thales’ representa­tive, from abroad”.

The matter, which was postponed to 8 December, was last heard in the High Court in Pietermari­tzburg on 23 June, during the height of the pandemic.

Issues around his sick note dominated chatter around the case as Zuma said he was in Cuba receiving medical treatment.

A warrant of arrest was issued on 4 February after Judge Dhaya Pillay found a sick note issued by a military doctor unacceptab­le. She found that vital details, that were standard on a sick note for court, were missing, including a medical number to show that the doctor was certified and registered.

During his June appearance, the warrant of arrest against Zuma was cancelled because an accepted sick note was submitted to court and Zuma himself attended proceeding­s.

The matter, well over a decade in the making, is on the cusp of going to trial after failed applicatio­ns for a stay of prosecutio­n by Zuma and co-accused Thales.

Zuma is facing 16 charges, including racketeeri­ng, fraud, corruption and money laundering. – News24 Wire

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