Article by: Dumisane Dube
The Pietermaritzburg High Court has postponed former President Jacob Zuma’s corruption trial until 9 September.
Zuma was expected to make this argument in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday but the matter was postponed due to his hospitalisation.
Judge Piet Koen heard the application for the postponement virtually after the former President was hospitalised last week.
“The matter is postponed to the 9th and 10th of September 2021. Two, the medical report in respect of Mr Zuma is to be rendered no later than the 20th of August 2021,” said Judge Koen.
The Department of Correctional Services announced that former president Zuma has been admitted to an outside hospital for medical observation. Zuma is currently serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court.
Zuma and French arms company, Thales, face charges of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering over the multi-billion-rand deal.
The court also granted a request from the State’s Advocate Wim Trengove that the State appoint a medical doctor of their own to examine whether Zuma is indeed fit to stand trial.
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