Indications are that the previous president Jacob Zuma’s court case might be a low-key affair on Tuesday.
The High Court in Pietermaritzburg will sit in the present day to contemplate remaining pre-trial issues.
The case towards Zuma and French arms company, Thales, is linked to the nation’s 1999 multi-billion rand arms deal.
A dispute over the trial ensued over the weekend, with the Jacob Zuma Foundation accusing the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of delaying the beginning of the trial.
The basis was upset after the prosecuting authority indicated that it prefers May 17 as a trial date.
However, the NPA has rejected the claims, saying it was disingenuous to faux that the trial was set down for February 23.
According to the NPA, Tuesday’s court look will permit all events to debate and finalise excellent pre-trial issues as effectively set a trial date.
In a press release, NPA spokesperson Sipho Ngwema, says the state and Thales have instructed that the trial date be set for May 17 however the decide could have a closing say on the trial date.
Zuma corruption case back in court:
Reasons for postponements
The matter had beforehand been postponed primarily as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and pending functions by the accused. These included Thales’s application for a evaluation of the racketeering cost and the company’s request for additional particulars on the fees.
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 judgement.
In January, Thales application to problem racketeering fees was dismissed:
Zuma is going through 16 fees, which embrace 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 identified on the time.
Below is a report on the postponement of the trial to February 23, 2021: