- Ex-president Jacob Zuma has announced his decision to withdraw his application for a permanent stay in his corruption charges
- The former president claims that this will pave the way for the corruption trial to begin
- This comes after the trial was delayed for over a decade since the charges were originally placed
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Former president Jacob Zuma has opted to withdraw his application for leave to appeal his denied request for a permanent stay in prosecution over the Thales debacle.
In a statement issued by the Jacob Zuma Foundation on Wednesday, the ex-president explained that.
"The Former President of RSA, HE JG Zuma welcomes the acceptance by the Constitutional Court on 28 April 2020 of his withdrawal of the application for leave to appeal. This indeed paves the way for him to prepare for the trial and demonstrate that he has never benefited from any Arms Deal corruption or tried to evade the trial. He hopes that his innocence will indeed be demonstrated for all to see."
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Zuma highlighted that he appreciates the continued support he receives from citizens, continuing to say that.
"He appreciates the support he continues to receive from the citizens of this country and expresses his unreserved respect for the judiciary and other relevant state institutions. I hope that our citizens will finally get some certainty and closure as to the real beneficiaries of the arms deal if any corruption in that regard did occur."
Zuma, despite numerous attempts to halt the trial completely including in the same application that he has now opted to withdraw, claiming that.
"He has always sought the opportunity to clear his name before our court."
Briefly.co.za reported that Zuma is facing corruption charges over allegations that he received bribes in exchange for immunity for the arms company.
The matter has dragged its feet before the courts for over a decade but this latest development may well be the opportunity for the country to finally hear the ex-president's version of events.
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