Jacub Zuma calls in sick and will miss start of arms deal trial

Jacub Zuma calls in sick and will miss start of arms deal trial

Former President Jacob Zuma might miss the start of an arms deal-related trial due to ill health. His lawyers told the Pietermaritzburg High Court that Zuma would be receiving medical treatment at the time of the trial and was unable to attend.

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The court date was set for Tuesday and his supporters were expected outside the court in Freedom Square.

Briefly.co.za learned that the NPA spokesperson, Bulelwa Makeke, said that Zuma will not be able to attend due to medical reasons.

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“But whether it will in reality, is up in the air at the moment. Mr Zuma, th(r)ough his lawyers, indicated that he is not well and will (be) receiving medical attention at the time he is expected to appear.
“The court is seized with this challenge between the State and defence,” said Makeke, without giving further details.

Zuma's supporters were scheduled to head out to support him but unlike other court appearance, they will not camp outside the court on Monday night.

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Nkosentsha Shezi, the spokesperson for Zuma's supporters said that transport has been arranged and the supporters would be there on Tuesday according to iol.co.za.

Zuma has not made recent appearances at the Zondo commission, also citing illness. However, he was seen out and about in Nkadla recently.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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