- Ex-president Jacob Zuma has filed his application to appeal the ruling to go to trial in the Thales debacle
-The move will successfully stall the trial in yet another delay tactic in the 15-year saga
- Should the trial eventually take place it would be the first time Zume faced a court to answer for allegations of graft
Former president Jacob Zuma is well known for evading court appearances and the Thales debacle is a fine example.
The latest delay tactic in the would-be corruption trial is that Zuma will be appealing the court ruling to try him in the first place.
Briefly.co.za reported that the ANC veteran allegedly accepted bribes during an arms deal involving the French arms group Thales in the 1990s.
Prosecution spokesperson Natasha Kara confirmed Zuma's application on the last day that he could have appealed the ruling.
Both the politician and Thales denied the charges of fraud, graft, and racketeering in the R51 billion deal for navy vessel equipment, SowetanLIVE reports.
Accused of accepting R4 million in bribes Zuma denies involvement and claims the entire ordeal is nothing more than a political 'witch hunt'.
The ordeal had seen his former financial advisor Schabir Shaik convicted of corruption in 2005 and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was later released over medical concerns after serving just a fraction of the sentence.
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