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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.

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