- The State has asked the Pietermaritzburg High Court to issue a warrant of arrest for former president Jacob Zuma
- This comes after the politician failed to present himself at his corruption trial
- Zuma's lawyer Dan Mantsha insists the doctor who provided the sick note submitted is linked to the military and is therefore credible
The State has approached the Pietermaritzburg High Court, asking for a warrant of arrest to be issued for ex-president Jacob Zuma.
The politician was meant to appear in court on Tuesday on charges of corruption relating to the multi-billion-Rand Thales arms deal.
State Advocate Billy Downer told the court that they were only informed on 15 January of the ex-president's illness:
"We replied to Mr Zuma on 16 January and asked to please supply us with the relevant medical certificates so that we can formulate a position relating to what we are going to do about his absence in court."
Downer went on to explain that no response was given by Zuma's legal team:
"We treat all accused equally. The procedure is the same in any court. When an accused is absent, an inquiry has to be held and the court has to be satisfied that the absence is justified."
Zuma's lawyer Dan Mantsha says the ex-president's health is a matter of national security, adamant that the doctor he went to was linked to the military:
"It is absurd for the State to doubt admissibility medical note stamped by our own military official."
However, Judge Dhaya Pillay has questioned alterations on the sick note submitted to the court, pointing out that no medical number was provided to ensure the doctor was registered and certified.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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