Former president Jacob Zuma back in court despite his 'lack of funds'

Former president Jacob Zuma back in court despite his 'lack of funds'

Ex-president Jacob Zuma's trial resumed today in KwaZulu-Natal as he attempts to have charges permanently put to bed. His legal team has claimed that the politician does not have the funds to continue pursuing the matter, which they insist is politically-motivated.

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Jacob Zuma is back in court today, where his legal team is fighting tooth-and-nail to convince the court that they should dismiss corruption charges against him.

Advocate Muzi Sikhakhane, the former president's defence lawyer, has indicated that his client does not have the funding to go forward with his corruption trial.

Zuma's legal team continues to table evidence to support the old theory that the charges were politically-motivated and an attempt to prevent him from rising through the ranks of the ANC.

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Sikhakhane told the court that he had in his possession a letter which could prove that the National Prosecuting Authority was still investigating the possibility of political interference by fellow former president, Thabo Mbeki.

Advocate Wim Trengove, acting for the State in this matter, has denounced this, insisting that Zuma should put forward proof to substantiate his 'unfounded conspiracy theories', reports The Citizen.

Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the former president is facing one count of racketeering, two counts of corruption, one count of money-laundering and 12 counts of fraud.

He is accused of allegedly receiving bribes from Thales, a French arms company, through his former adviser, Schabir Shaik, in exchange for his political influence.

Should the former president fail to succeed in his attempt to have his case thrown out, his corruption trial is due to take place in October this year.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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