- Former president Jacob Zuma’s corruption case has been postponed until 27 July 2018
- Both the NPA and Zuma requested the postponement of the matter, although for very different reason
- The NPA said it needs time to study the arms company Thales request for the matter to be withdrawn
The Durban High Court has postponed former president Jacob Zuma’s corruption case until 27 July after both Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority requested postponements.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) told Judge Mjabuliseni Madondo it needed time to study the request by accused number 2 in the matter, arms company Thales, to withdraw the case.
Zuma’s legal team said it needed time in order for Zuma to receive clarity from the Presidency over the payment of his legal fees.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Judge Madondo granted the postponement. He said accused number one (Zuma) should return to court and cautioned that Zuma was out on a warning, not bail.
EWN.co.za reported that Judge Madondo additionally moved the matter to the Pietermaritzburg High Court.
Meanwhile, a 73-year-old Nkandla woman travelled to Durban on a taxi and decided to brave the unseasonably cold weather and sleep under a tree in Albert Park so she could show her support for former president Jacob Zuma.
Beauty Shezi claims to have known Zuma for many years and said he was a man with principles and who cared about the plight of the poor. She said there was no way that the former president was guilty of corruption.
Her sentiments were shared by Bishop Timothy Ngcobo, one of the organisers of the #HandsOffZuma campaign. Ngcobco said even if the court found Zuma guilty his supporters would never believe the verdict.
Albert Park in Durban once again hosted a small group of Zuma supporters on Thursday night. The crowd was estimated to be only about 150 strong, but this did not stop those gathered from being vocal in their support of the former president.
Loud music, singing of struggle-era songs and even a school brass-band were all part of the event.
IOL.co.za reported that Shezi did not join in the festivities, instead, the 73-year-old Gogo sat quietly under a tree.
She said she decided to sleep in the park because she knew Albert Park well and because she planned to return home as soon as Zuma had appeared in court on Friday morning.
On Friday morning those gathered at Albert Park overnight were joined by more supporters and marched to the Durban High Court. This group was joined by at least two other groups who had started their own marches.
MKMVA members also marched through the streets of Durban in support of Zuma. They were led by Black First Land First (BLF) leader Andile Mngxitama, MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus and various religious leaders such as Bishop Ngcobo.
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