Zuma’s corruption trial postponed to 26 May when he'll record his plea

His legal counsel Advocate Thabani Masuku said his client was ready for the trial.

FILE: Former South African President Jacob Zuma appears at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on 23 June 2020. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Former President Jacob Zuma’s trial has been postponed until the 26 May in order for a plea to be recorded.

Judge Piet Koen has granted Zuma’s new lawyers time to file his plea.

Zuma and French company Thales made a short appearance in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering stemming from the 1999 Arms deal

His legal counsel Advocate Thabani Masuku said his client was ready for the trial.

“The client has been ready to proceed with the trial to the extent that you’d want a witness in the box to return on a specific date.”

Zuma’s son said he just wanted to see his father’s corruption trial concluded.

Duduzane has reflected on the long-awaited trial: “It’s been a long time, I’m a grown man now who’s married with kids and that’s how long it’s been. I’m just trying to put it into perspective that this has been going on for that long. We need to get to a point where this concludes, whichever way it goes.”

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