Jacob Zuma court case adjourned to 8 June
The former president is facing charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering.
DURBAN - Former president Jacob Zuma's corruption case has been provisionally adjourned to 8 June.
The matter was heard in less than half an hour in the Durban High Court on Friday morning.
Zuma is facing 16 charges stemming from the arms deal almost a decade ago.
The charges against him were dropped in 2009, however, National Prosecuting Authority head Shaun Abrahams announced last month that they would prosecute the former president.
State prosecutor Billy Downer explained why they want a postponement.
"The purpose of the adjournment is two-fold. Firstly, in respect of accused number one, Mr Zuma, we've been informed by our learned friends for Mr Zuma the he wishes to bring a review application on the decision to prosecute him again and in that respect we've been informed that they hope to finalise the review papers by the middle of May."
BREAKING : #ZumaCharges The matter has been adjourned until the 8th of June 2018. The two accused , Jacob Zuma and Thales, have been released on warning. A trial date is yet to be agreed upon. ZN— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) April 6, 2018
WATCH: Jacob Zuma in the dock
#ZumaCharges For the state , SC Billy downers is leading the team which includes Raymond Mathenjwa and Alnicia Coetzee.ZN— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) April 6, 2018
Schabir Shaik was convicted to 15 years in prison for his involvement in facilitating a bribe for Zuma from French arms manufacturer Thales in exchange for political protection during the investigation into the arms deal.
#ZumaCharges [WATCH] Zuma entering the court room here at the Durban High Court with those here in support of him saying “Zuma, Zuma Zuma.” He’s sitting next to his co-accused Christine Guerrier who is representing the Thales legal department in Paris. ZN pic.twitter.com/YKLSiDsQmO— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) April 6, 2018