Jacob Zuma due in court Tuesday for corruption charges


Jacob Zuma due in court Tuesday for corruption charges
Former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma

The trial of South Africa’s former president, Jacob Zuma, on decade-old corruption charges, alongside French arms company Thales, is due to resume on Tuesday.

If Zuma arrives at the high court in the eastern city of Pietermaritzburg, that is.

In February, a judge issued a stayed warrant for his arrest after he failed to appear, citing illness.

The court, however, rejected his “sick note” saying he would have to provide adequate proof at his next appearance.

The trial date was postponed to May 6 but then delayed again because of coronavirus safety regulations.

If he does not appear in court on Tuesday or fails to provide an adequate reason, he faces being arrested.

The legal saga dates back to 1999 over alleged kickbacks in a multibillion-dollar arms deal.

The deal, with co-accused Thales, was overseen by Zuma when he was vice president of the country.

Zuma’s lawyers argue that charges against the 78-year-old should be dropped…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper