The Pietermaritzburg High Court has accused former president Jacob Zuma of using delay tactics in his corruption trial.
Zuma appeared virtually in a sitting of the court on Monday to request a postponement of his special application for an acquittal.
Zuma’s lawyers, advocate Dali Mpofu and Thabani Masuku, said it would be unfair for the matter to be heard on a virtual platform as Zuma has the right to a trial being conducted in his presence.
His lawyers argued that it would be difficult to conduct a trial on a virtual platform when Zuma is in prison.
Zuma is currently serving a 15 month sentence for contempt of court.
Advocate Wim Trengrove, for the state, said the application for postponement is just another delay tactic.
“The accused has for more than 10 years taken every point in the book to avoid having his day in the court. He desperately seeks to avoid answer the charges of corruption, fraud, and money laundering made against him” said Trengrove
Zuma is facing 16 charges of fraud, corruption, and racketeering related to the 1999 arms deal.
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