- A warrant of arrest has been issued against Jacob Zuma by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court
- The ex-president's legal team claims the politician is being persecuted and victimised
- This comes after the ANC veteran skipped out on proceedings in his corruption trial
Former president Jacob Zuma's legal team insists on the warrant of arrest against their client is unfair.
Briefly.co.za reported that the KwaZulu-Natal High Court had acceded to the state's request for an arrest warrant after the politician failed to pitch.
Daniel Mantsha, representing Zuma in the Thales debacle, cried injustice over the incident:
"He is being persecuted and victimised. It is not about the administration of justice or securing him to come to court. This is victimisation, this is persecution."
The warrant was stayed until May, when Zuma is expected to appear again, but Mantsha says they would "have a discussion to indicate to him the reason of the court and basis on which the court has granted the warrant".
Judge Dhaya Pillay had raised her doubts about the medical certificate that was presented to her. But Mantsha evidently disagrees with the judicial official:
"We [the broader legal team] will convene and scrutinise the reasoning of the judge and, upon instructions, we will decide the next course of action. Why would the court doubt a medical certificate from the military hospital? [That] is disappointing. I will have to talk to the doctors with Zuma if he is in a condition to listen to this, then we will engage. I will get advice from his medical team."
Mantshais adamant there should be no doubt that Zuma was ill, taking a swipe at the judge:
"We believe in the judiciary. We assume every judge presiding over any matter is sufficiently independent and acts fairly. Judges are human beings and they can make an error of fact in law. When you conclude an error of fact, there are procedures to follow if you feel you have to take the matter further."
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