Court cancels Jacob Zuma's warrant of arrest, arms deal case date set

Court cancels Jacob Zuma's warrant of arrest, arms deal case date set

- The warrant of arrest issued against former President Jacob Zuma was cancelled this morning by the Pietermaritzburg High Court

- The warrant was issued after Zuma missed a court appearance in his decade-long case which began in 2005

- The arms deal matter involving Msholozi and French Arms company Thales has been postponed to 8 September

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Former President Jacob Zuma's warrant of arrest has been cancelled by the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

In February, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) issued a warrant of arrest for Zuma for failing to appear in court for his arms deal case.

According to Zuma's legal team, the former president fell ill and flew to Cuba to seek medical assistance. eNCA reports that a medical certificate has been produced by Zuma's legal team and the state has not challenged the document.

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Zuma appeared this morning for a pre-trial hearing. The matter has been postponed to 8 September.

News24 reported that Msholozi's supporters, who usually come out in numbers, will be significantly fewer, if present at all, this Tuesday because of the lockdown regulations.

The former President is accused of receiving bribes from French Arms company Thales. Zuma's first appearance related to this case was first in 2005.

The matter, well over a decade in the making, is on the cusp of going to trial after failed applications for a stay of prosecution by both Zuma and co-accused Thales.

Zuma is on trial for 16 charges, including counts of racketeering, fraud, corruption and money laundering.

Advocate Eric Mabuza recently joined Zuma's legal team after Zuma approached Mabuza Attorneys and ditched his former legal team.

Zuma fired Daniel Mantsha as his attorney shortly before appointed Mabuza and stated that he was ready for his trial to begin after public notion that he doesn't want his day in court.

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