Jacob Zuma’s corruption trial postponed to 9 September

Former President Jacob Zuma and French arms company, Thales, face charges of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering over the multi-billion rand deal.

FILE: Former South African President Jacob Zuma stands in the dock during the recess of his corruption trial at the Pietermaritzburg High Court in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, on 26 May 2021. Picture: Phill Magakoe/AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The Pietermaritzburg High Court has postponed former President Jacob Zuma’s corruption trial until 9 September.

Zuma and French arms company, Thales, face charges of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering over the multi-billion rand deal.

The convicted criminal has launched legal action against a State prosecutor in the case as a precursor to the trial.

Jacob Zuma wants State prosecutor, Billy Downer, removed from this trial, alleging bias.

He insists that the case forms part of a smear campaign by his political detractors and Downer is part of some conspiracy against him.

He was expected to make this argument in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday but the matter has since been postponed due to his hospitalisation.

Judge Piet Koen: "The matter is postponed to the ninth and 10th of September 2021. Two, the medical report in respect of Mr Zuma is to be rendered no later than the 20th of August 2021."

The State is also expected to appoint a medical practitioner who will conduct an independent assessment of Zuma’s health and then testify on his or her findings.

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