Zuma gets his wish – arms deal trial postponed to August

Former president Jacob Zuma at the Pietermaritzburg High Court in KZN. PHOTO: AFP

The Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday granted former president Jacob Zuma a postponement of over two weeks for his arms deal corruption trial.

The Citizen reports, Judge Piet Koen, who presided over the proceedings, delivered the ruling on Tuesday morning.

Koen had adjourned the case on Monday after he heard a long day of arguments between Zuma’s counsel – advocate Dali Mpofu and advocate Thabani Masuku – as well as advocate Wim Trengove, who represented the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and its lead prosecutor, Billy Downer.

The corruption trial, which involves Zuma and French arms firm company, Thales, will now resume on 10-13 August 2021.

The matter will, however, be to heard virtually despite Zuma’s legal team strongly objecting to the trial and special plea application not being heard physically.

The Citizen