Jacob Zuma's corruption trial delayed again pending ConCourt decision on appeal

The arms deal case was briefly heard before the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday and has been adjourned for 17 October pending the outcome of Zuma’s leave to appeal at the Constitutional Court.

FILE: Former South African president Jacob Zuma who is facing fraud and corruption charges greets supporters in the gallery of the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, on 17 May 2021. Picture: Rogan Ward/AFP

CAPE TOWN - There's been yet another delay in Jacob Zuma's corruption trial.

The Pietermaritzburg High Court postponed the matter once again.

The pending outcome of Zuma’s leave to appeal has forced the case to be adjourned to 17 October.

Accused number one, Jacob Zuma was not in court on Monday as the matter between the former president, the State and French arms manufacturer, Thales, resumed.

Zuma faces corruption, fraud, money laundering, and racketeering charges.

Presiding Judge Piet Koen has called for an adjournment until 17 October pending the 80-year-old’s leave to appeal.

The judge said that a further holding date for the trial to continue would be determined.

Zuma’s legal team made the application requesting for the removal of chief prosecutor, Billy Downer, accusing him of being biased.

Zuma is accused of receiving kickbacks to the tune of over R4 million between 1995 and 2004.