JACOB ZUMA CORRUPTION CASE POSTPONED TO MAY
Both former president Jacob Zuma’s criminal case and his application for the permanent stay of prosecution have been postponed to May 20 next year.
Granting the order in Pietermaritzburg High Court yesterday morning, Judge Isaac Madondo said Zuma and French arms company Thales lawyers should before the set date exchange papers that are relevant for their argument.
“Nxamalala, you are warned to appear in this court on 20 May,” Madondo said before leaving the court. Former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo had during an interview with Independent Media before court proceedings expressed support for Zuma’s attempt to obtain a permanent stay of prosecution, saying that it was unfair to prosecute someone who had suffered while fighting for the country’s liberation.
Mahumapelo was among few tripartite alliance leaders who were at the Pietermaritzburg High Court yesterday
morning to support Zuma who is facing charges of corruption and fraud in relation to the arms deal. “Politically speaking, it would be incorrect to continue prosecuting president Zuma after so many years, we should be closing that chapter or opening a new chapter as a country to focus our energy on more positive things that can build our nation.
“Zuma has done so much to contribute to the liberation of this country,” said Mahumapelo.
CASE POSTPONED: Former SA president Jacob Zuma.