Zuma's Defence Lawyers Quit, Family Believes There'll Be No Jail Time

Zuma's Defence Lawyers Quit, Family Believes There'll Be No Jail Time

- Former president Jacob Zuma's attorneys have reportedly dropped him just a month before his corruption trial

- Mabuza Attorneys declined to provide a reason behind their decision, which was revealed on Wednesday, 21 April

- The news comes as a shock to many as Edward Zuma just recently spoke about his father not spending time in jail

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Trouble seemingly loves to follow former president Jacob Zuma. Most recently the politician has been faced with finding new legal representatives. On Wednesday, 21 April, it was revealed that his defence lawyers will no longer be representing him.

The defence lawyers revealed the news at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg, just a month before JZ's corruption trial is supposed to begin. In the same breath, Msholozi's family have stated that he would not be going to jail.

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In an interview on Tuesday, Edward Zuma stated that he wanted to clarify a traditional ritual that was held at his father's homestead in Nkandla recently.

Jacob Zuma's family says hes not going to jail, defence lawyers quit
Jacob Zuma's lawyers have quit but his family still believes he won't spend any time in jail. Image: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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According to IOL, many believed that the leaked images of the ritual showed Zuma preparing for his time in a jail cell. Edward, however, stated that insisted that the ritual had absolutely no relation to political developments surrounding his father.

Edward further explained that people were 'spreading lies' as the ritual was done for the Zuma clan and not specifically for his father. Edward stated that the event was paused when the country was put into a national lockdown last year.

On the topic of Zuma's lawyers, News24 reported that Mabuza Attorneys filed an official report of withdrawal from their role as representatives of Zuma on Wednesday morning. Eric Mabuza did not provide any reasoning behind the withdrawal.

Previously, Briefly News reported that Wednesday, 14 April, was former president Jacob Zuma's last day to inform Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng of the way in which he should be sentenced if he is found guilty of being in contempt of court.

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Zuma, however, revealed that he would not be writing to the Constitutional Court. In a 21-page letter addressed to Mogoeng, Zuma stated that if he was found to be in contempt of court, he would be the first prisoner of the Constitutional Court.

This follows Mogoeng's letter to Zuma last week, giving the former president three days to propose an adequate sentence if he were to be found in contempt of court in no more than 15 pages.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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