Jacob Zuma to be absent from corruption trial

The IS The Jacob Zuma Foundation the former president confirmed that he will not attend his corruption trial in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday.

Spokesperson of the Foundation Very good on Thursday said Zuma does not need to be in court.

“Zuma is not expected to appear on the court’s direction on Monday. In fact, it will not serve to be clear. That is the decision.”

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The former president also filed an application to the Constitutional Court to appeal against his dismissal special plea.

During his previous appearance, Justice Piet Koen adjourned the case to August 1, 2022 for a decision on Zuma’s “review” application before Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) president Mandisa Maya.

The date of 15 August 2022 was set aside as the holding date for the start of the long-awaited arms deal corruption trial.

“The postponement is granted on the basis that if the application is decided by 1 August 2022, and if no application to the Constitutional Court is being lodged, the trial will begin at 10 am on 15 August 2022.

“And [the trial] it will continue thereafter until 16 September 2022 and again from 7 November 2022 until 2 December 2022,” Judge Koen said in his order.

Zuma’s legal team filed the application after the SCA in March dismissed her appeal bid Counsel Billy Downer use the trial to prosecute corruption.

The appeal court based in Bloemfontein agreed with Judge Koen’s judgment in October last year, dismissing Zuma’s application for Downer to withdraw from the case.

The GÉS found that there were no reasonable prospects that Zuma’s appeal would succeed and that there was “no other compelling reason for an appeal to be heard.”

Zuma and Downer are embroiled in a bitter battle, with the former president seeking to remove the state prosecutor, alleging that he put himself in danger by leaking sensitive information about the Zuma corruption trial.

In April, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it was concerned about Zuma’s delaying tactics.

Zuma, who turned 80 in April, and French arms company Thales face a number of charges, including fraud, racketeering and money laundering related to the multi-billion arms deal.

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