- The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has rejected a request by Jacob Zuma to delay his corruption trial
- Zuma requested a delay in proceedings until he could clear matters around his legal fees
- NPA boss Shaun Abrahams wrote to Zuma’s legal team informing them that he could not grant the request and that matter would proceed as scheduled
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has rejected a request by former president Jacob Zuma to delay his corruption trial. Zuma, through his legal team, requested that the criminal case against him be frozen until he could clarify matters surrounding payment of his legal fees.
NPA boss Shaun Abrahams wrote to Zuma’s legal team informing them that he could not grant their request for a stay and that the criminal trial against Zuma would proceed as scheduled.
Zuma is scheduled to make his second court appearance in the Durban High Court on Friday. The former president faces 16 charges which include fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering related to the 1999 arms deal.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Zuma’s longtime attorney, Michael Hulley, had voluntarily terminated his services with regards to the criminal case. Hulley said he had not resigned as Zuma’s lawyer, but has withdrawn from this particular matter due to uncertainty about future payments.
This comes after the DA launched a case to have the agreement between Zuma and the Presidency to pay for the former president’s legal fees set aside.
According to the agreement between Zuma and then president Mbeki, the Presidency would be responsible for all of Zuma’s legal fees related to criminal matters. News24.com reported that the agreement was reached in 2006.
The agreement makes it clear that Zuma will have to repay all of his legal fees if he is ever convicted in his personal capacity on a criminal charge.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration has said it would abide by any future ruling on the matter by the courts.
In his letter, Abrahams said: "I regrettably cannot accede to your request for a 'stay of proceedings in all criminal and allied matters'."
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