Major clean-up at Durban High Court ahead of Zuma’s first appearance

Major clean-up at Durban High Court ahead of Zuma’s first appearance

- Durban High Court prepares for the media influx for Zuma's case

- Security, along with other upgrades, are taking place

- Karlien Marais did not give much information

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The cleanup that took place ahead of Zuma’s appearance was confirmed by an employee who spoke on condition of anonymity. "They told us the court has to look presentable as there would be local and international TV stations and media [that] will be pointing their cameras on the [court] building. So we are doing as we are told."

The building has also hosted state security agents, according to a security guard. "They were assessing security and taking notes on what measures should be taken to avoid security breaches ... They had been coming here since last week already."

The Durban High Court manager, Karlien Marais, was apparently in discussion most of Tuesday afternoon, discussing the upcoming case. Catching up with Karlien on Wednesday morning to get more information about the preparations ahead of Zuma’s court appearance, she was reluctant to “spill the beans”.

"All I can say is that the judge who will hear the application has been selected and allocated. But I am not prepared, at this stage, to reveal his or her name. What I can say for sure is that former president Zuma is expected to appear here in court next Friday on April 6.”

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"I don’t know what will happen after that first court appearance. We anticipate that the case will be postponed to another date. I don’t know whether the case proper will be heard here in the Durban High Court or [if] it will be moved to another court. It will all depend on what happens on the first appearance and the decision taken there."

Major Thulani Zwane, police spokesperson, said they had not yet finalized their preparations to deploy their members during Zuma’s court appearance. "There would be deployment, but it is not clear at this stage how many of our members will be deployed in and outside court. We are still devising contingency plans."

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