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Zuma’s corruption trial postponed

Former president Jacob Zuma’s fraud and corruption case has been postponed to 10 and 13 August 2021 for adjudication on the special plea in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg.

On Monday Zuma had asked for his fraud and corruption trial scheduled to take place in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Monday to be postponed for a week.

His lawyers also argued that the virtual hearing of his case would compromise his right to a fair trial.

The State argued matters heard virtually in court can be for all proceedings, adding that should not be any different for Zuma.

Former president was set to make a “special plea” to be acquitted without trial. His lawyers say he wants to physically appear to testify as part of this plea and not digitally.

The National Prosecuting Authority accused the Zuma of using another delaying tactic.

Zuma is on trial on charges of racketeering, two counts of corruption and 12 counts of fraud – nine of which are for allegedly making false income tax returns. He is charged along with French arms manufacturer Thales.

The proceedings were carried out via an audiovisual link from the Estcourt Correctional Centre, where he is serving his sentence for contempt of court.

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