Zuma’s Defence Team Plan to Use Ill-Health as Grounds to Postpone Corruption Trial

Zuma’s Defence Team Plan to Use Ill-Health as Grounds to Postpone Corruption Trial

  • Former president Jacob Zuma's lawyers are arguing that his ill-health warrants a postponement of his corruption trial
  • Zuma's legal team was instructed that the trial would resume virtually despite the former president's hospitalisation
  • Zuma was admitted to hospital on Monday and the nature of his medical condition had not been revealed

Former president Jacob Zuma's lawyers are planning on approaching the KwaZulu-Natal High Court Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday in a bid to postpone his corruption trial.

Zuma's legal team received a letter from Judge Piet Koen a letter on Monday advising them that the former president's trial postponement would be heard virtually.

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Former president Jacob Zuma's legal team want his trial postponed due to ill-health. Photo credit: @MyANC
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News24 reported that Zuma's lawyers would deliver an affidavit from his doctor to postpone the trial.

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Singabakho Nxumalo, the Department of Correctional Services spokesperson said that South Africans would be notified as soon as Zuma is discharged from the hospital.

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According to the SundayTimes, it is still unclear whether Zuma will attend his arms deal corruption trial besides the JG Zuma Foundation previously stating that Zuma would be discharged in time for his plea hearing.

On Sunday, the foundation's spokesperson, Mzwanele Manyi stated that they are awaiting Zuma's medical report from his doctors before confirming whether Zuma will make to his long-awaited court appearance.

“We are still awaiting a doctor's report. Only that report can conclusively answer the question,” said Manyi.

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The advocate captioned the post:

“Dear Former President @PresJGZuma. We errored [sic] in sending you to prison without a fair criminal trial. You have indeed fought for this constitutional democracy and under our Constitution better. We are deeply sorry and sincerely wish to apologise. Best regards, ConCourt Judges.”

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