Former President Jacob Zuma has accused the state of delaying his trial, and casting doubt on whether or not the state will ever be prepared for trial.
On the eve of Zuma’s look within the Pietermaritzburg High Court for his corruption case, a dispute has ensued between Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
This comes after the JG Zuma Foundation revealed that 17 May has been proposed as a trial date.
The case towards Zuma and French arms company, Thales, is linked to the multi-billion rand Arms Deal in 1999.
The matter had beforehand been postponed primarily because of the COVID-19 pandemic and pending purposes by the accused. These included Thales’ application for a evaluate of the racketeering cost and the company’s request for additional particulars on the fees. The case was postponed in December for a second time as a result of unresolved pre-trial points.
Tuesday’s courtroom look had been set as a provisional trial date to finalise the legal matter.
Judgment reserved in French arms company, Thales matter
In October, Thales had introduced an application difficult the racketeering cost towards them. However, the company’s application was dismissed final month. The company determined that it’s going to not enchantment the judgment.
Zuma is going through 16 fees – which embody 783 funds Thales allegedly made to him. Zuma’s convicted former monetary advisor, Schabir Shaik, allegedly solicited bribes on behalf of Zuma from Thint, as Thales was recognized on the time.
According to the NPA, the courtroom look will permit all events to debate and finalise excellent pre-trial issues in addition to set a trial date.
In an announcement, NPA Spokesperson Sipho Ngwema stated the state and Thales have advised that the trial date be set for May seventeenth.
This was in response to an announcement by the JG Zuma Foundation, which raised concern about one other postponement. It additionally doubted whether or not the state can be prepared for trial by May the seventeenth. According to the assertion, the authorized crew for the previous President will proceed asking for the case to be struck off the roll till the state is able to go to trial.
Meanwhile, indications are that the courtroom look can be a low-key affair so far as the presence of Zuma supporters is anxious.
Zuma and Thales case postponed to twenty third February