Jacob Zuma’s corruption case postponed after 2nd court appearance
London, June 8, 2018 (AltAfrika)-The case against former South African president, Jacob Zuma was on Friday postponed to July 27 by KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban.
The charges relate to the controversial arms deal of the late 1990s
The National Prosecuting Authority announced in March that Zuma would face 16 charges – 12 of fraud, one of racketeering, two of corruption and one of money-laundering
He had initially escaped prosecution, although his financial adviser Schabir Shaik was jailed for corruption in the arms procurement, and Zuma was fired as deputy president.
Zuma’s supporters held a vigil on Thursday night.
Many of his high-profile supporters were also in court.
The matter has been postponed provisionally to July 27 to allow the State time to respond to the defence’s representations, which were only handed in two nights prior.
Downer SC suggests case is postponed to 27 July for Zuma legal team to get its house in order and for NPA to study Thales representations to withdraw case only submitted on Thursday. #ZumaCharges
The former president’s defence also told the court it wants the matter around his legal funding resolved before the matter goes to trial in November.
Zuma’s lawyer Michael Hulley agreed with the State to a timetable for all applications and representations the defence wants to make.
The national prosecutor this week turned down a request by the 76-year-old to delay Friday’s hearing pending the outcome of a separate legal challenge over the state paying his legal fees.
The speed with which prosecutors have moved against Zuma is a sign of his waning influence since he was replaced as head of state by Cyril Ramaphosa, his former deputy, four months ago.
Ramaphosa has made the fight against corruption a top priority as he seeks to woo foreign investment and revamp an ailing economy.
Zuma’s supporters say the former president, whose nine years in power were marked by economic stagnation and credit rating downgrades, is the victim of a politically motivated witch-hunt.