Zuma's corruption trial postponed: NPA ruling stalls proceedings

Zuma's corruption trial postponed: NPA ruling stalls proceedings

- President Jacob Zuma's corruption trial has been postponed to February 2021

- The trial was shortlived on Tuesday in the Pietermaritzburg High Court

- Both Zuma and Thales opted out of appearing with permission from the court

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The corruption trial facing Jacob Zuma and Thales was hardly a whirlwind moment on Tuesday.

Both the former president and the French arms company were absent from the brief proceedings which took place in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

The corruption case was postponed to February 2021 due to a pending ruling on an application brought forward by Thales.

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The trial has been postponed until February next year. Image: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto
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The now-infamous company has approached the National Prosecuting Authority in a bid to have the racketeering charges against it dropped.

The arms company insists that it didn't form part of the racketeering enterprise, with the court hearing that lockdown had also delayed the travel plans of both witnesses and the company's representative.

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Zuma has been accused of enjoying kickbacks from the procurement of arms during the late 90s, but the former president denies any guilt and insists that the charges against him are politically-motivated.

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has issued a summons for Jacob Zuma to testify.

The Zondo Commission revealed recently that it has asked the ex-president to appear before it from January 19 to 22 and then again for another week in February.

The Inquiry has also revealed that it hasn't yet laid charges against Zuma for leaving the Commission without permission last month.

A spokesperson for the Inquiry explained that charges would be laid against Zuma only after it had the chance to file an application to the Constitutional Court for an order forcing the ex-president to comply with the new summons.

If this application should succeed, Zuma will be in contempt of court and facing possible arrest should he defy the summons.

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After the charges have been laid, the Inquiry will approach the National Prosecuting Authority to investigate Zuma's conduct.

Zuma's lawyers have previously warned that, should their client be forced to appear at the Inquiry, he may opt to simply remain silent.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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