- Zuma's lawyers claim to have new evidence that the charges against him are politically-motivated
- Additionally, they have requested a permanent stay of prosecution for the former president
- Prosecutors have dismissed this argument, however
Jacob Zuma's lawyers have requested to introduce new evidence which they say is important.
Specifically, they claim to possess a letter from the NPA.
Zuma's legal representatives say that the letter calls for an investigation into former Justice Minister Penuell Maduna and the role he played in the Zuma-Thales investigation.
Zuma and the French arms company, Thales, face corruption charges dating back to the 1990s. However, they have both requested a permanent stay of prosecution.
However, the State is against such a stay of prosecution, saying that it would give the appearance of providing Zuma with "special treatment".
Indeed, one of the state's lawyer has aid that this would give the impression that the law does not apply to Zuma because of his position as a former president, according to eNCA.
Additionally, Zuma's legal team has argued that the charges against him are politically-motivated and that they amount to a "witch hunt". Effectively, Zuma's representatives have tried to claim that he is the victim in this case.
Prosecutors have rubbished this argument.
They say Zuma has presented no evidence to support the claim that the charges against him are politically motivated, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
The trial is set to resume on Friday.
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