Former President Jacob Zuma says in his application for a stay of prosecution that the circumstances of his prosecution reveal political manipulation and interference, prejudicial and undue delay and prosecutorial bias.

This is contained in a 286-page affidavit Zuma filed in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

Zuma and his co-accused French arms company Thales are to appear in the Pietermaritzburg High court again on Friday.

Zuma faces sixteen charges of fraud, corruption, racketeering and money-laundering related to the multi-billion rand arms deal.

Thales faces charges of fraud and corruption.

Zuma further says there was improper influence in his prosecution and improper conduct by the individual prosecutors.

He also says he faced public and media prosecution engineered by the National Prosecuting Authority – to the point that his name became synonymous with corruption.

Zuma concludes his affidavit by saying that the delays in his trial have been extremely long, that the pre-trial irregularities were glaring and that the prejudice against him, blatant.

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