- Jacob Zuma's attempt to appeal a High Court ruling was over before it got the chance to begin
- The Supreme Court of Appeal denied the former president's appeal without hearing any arguments from his legal team
- This was an attempt to overturn Zuma's bid to obtain a permanent stay in prosecution relating to his corruption charges
Former president Jacob Zuma suffered a swift defeat on Friday when the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed his case.
Business Day reports that the decision was reached without hearing a single word from the politician's attorneys.
Zuma and his legal team had been attempting to secure an appeal against the Pietermaritzburg High Court's dismissal of his appeal for a permanent stay of prosecution in the Thales corruption scandal.
The ex-president had claimed that his Constitutional rights were being subjected to violation by those relentlessly prosecuting him.
In other words, Zuma's bid to halt the charges currently facing him in relation to the arms deal saga has now failed both in the High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal.
The state is reportedly primed to continue the long-awaited trial in April unless Zuma seeks to approach the Constitutional Court.
When the ANC veteran eventually does appear he will be facing 18 charges of fraud and corruption for the role he played in the 1990s scandal.
It has taken 15 years to arrive at the point where it seems likely Zuma will actually take to the stand.
However, other complications may arise. Briefly.co.za reported that Zuma had earned himself a stayed warrant of arrest for failing to appear in court.
His excuse for skipping out on the hearing was due to his ill health. The ex-president received treatment for his mystery illness overseas but has since returned to South Africa where he is facing both prosecution in his personal capacity and a delayed start to his second State Capture Inquiry.
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