Zuma corruption case: Court tells lawyer he's repeating himself

Zuma corruption case: Court tells lawyer he's repeating himself

- While trying to convince the court that Shaun Abrahams had been 'hellbent' on charging Zuma, Advocate Anton Katz managed to frustrate judges

- The representative of arms company, Thales, had his arguments criticised and was told he was being repetitive

- Thales stands accused of bribing Jacob Zuma with R500 000 in exchange for his political influence

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Advocate Anton Katz came under fire from the judges in Jacob Zuma's corruption case for repeating himself.

The representative for Thales in the proceedings had been trying to convince the court that Shaun Abrahams had been determined to charge the former president.

Judge Thoba Poyo-Dlwati commented on the situation, saying that a relevant argument could be ruined by repetition:

“When you make the argument over and over, we lose it. Let’s just digest it. Sometimes a lawyer makes a good argument but ruins it by repeating themself.”

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The deal was facilitated by Schabir Shaik, who had been Zuma's financial adviser at the time and had since been convicted for his involvement.

Katz had argued that the NPA boss at the time, Shaun Abrahams, had been so determined to charge the former president that he had acted 'irrationally' when handling the case.

The advocate had been so caught up in driving his point home that the judges expressed frustration at his arguments and even complained that he was saying the same thing over and over again.

Advocate Mushahida Adhikar, also representing Thales, claimed that those responsible for paying the bribes were no longer employed with the company, with one diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, reports The Citizen.

Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that supporters of Zuma, who usually flocked to rally outside of trials, had not been able to attend after financial woes left them without funding for transport and food.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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