Zuma's nephew doesn't want him to stand trial on corruption charges

Zuma's nephew doesn't want him to stand trial on corruption charges

- Jacob Zuma is being encouraged to appeal the recent decision to dismiss his bid to avoid facing corruption charges

- Inkosi Simphiwe Zuma, the former president's nephew, says his uncle should give it one more shot

- Zuma is expected to stand trial for his role in the Thales arms deal debacle

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Inkosi Simphiwe Zuma has encouraged his uncle to appeal the ruling that will see him facing the Thales corruption trial.

Briefly.co.za reported that the Pietermaritzburg High Court had denied Zuma's appeal for a permanent stay of prosecution in the arms deal saga.

IOL reports that Inkosi feels the former president would have a tough time during court proceedings, with the odds stacked against him:

“You cannot continue with such a case if it is clear that there are people who are hellbent on destroying Msholozi (Zuma)."

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However, there is no reason to believe that Jacob Zuma will be taking his nephew's advice, with no indication of any intention to appeal the ruling.

Speaking during a memorial for the late Robert Mugabe, Zuma had claimed that he was facing relentless persecution because he had supported land reform and the creation of the BRICS Bank.

While this might be his view, the court deemed it necessary for the ex-president to explain himself over the controversy.

The trial go ahead as planned, with Zuma facing 18 charges relating to fraud and corruption.

Thales, the arms company at the centre of the debacle, will stand trial along with the former ANC leader, his co-accused.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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