‘Un­well’ Zuma to put up fight

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News -

For­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma cut a dif­fer­ent fig­ure from his usual charis­matic self when he en­tered the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg High Court on Fri­day morn­ing.

Zuma, who faces fraud, cor­rup­tion and rack­e­teer­ing charges, did not greet his loyal sup­port­ers as he took his seat.

He re­quested wa­ter be­fore court pro­ceed­ings be­gan and re­mained rest­less as the state and his de­fence dis­cussed the way for­ward. At times‚ the 76year-old clutched his head.

De­fence ad­vo­cate Michael Hel­lens’s ad­dress to the court was in­ter­rupted by a mem­ber of his team‚ who in­formed him that Zuma was un­well, suf­fer­ing from low blood pres­sure.

Af­ter­wards, Hel­lens said the state was in for “a fight” when the mat­ter went to court in May 2019.

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