Tuesday’s corruption case of former President Jacob Zuma, who is serving a 15-month jail term, will be heard virtually after he was admitted at the Military hospital on Friday.

The virtual court proceedings at the Pietermaritzburg High Court is expected to hear Zuma’s application for the postponement of the corruption case. Tuesday’s date (10 August 2021) was initially set down to hear Zuma’s application for the recusal of prosecutor Billy Downer.

“I can confirm that during a virtual hearing the legal team of Mr. Zuma will be making a substantive application for a postponement of the matter because he is indisposed and has been admitted in hospital. However, as the Prosecution, we were ready to argue the special plea but these are circumstances beyond our control,” says National Prosecuting Authority Spokesperson Adv Mthunzi Mhaga.

Video: Zuma expected to ask for postponement following hospitalisation: Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga

Former President Jacob Zuma’s corruption case back at the Pietermaritzburg high court on Tuesday

NPA ready to oppose Zuma’s special plea

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says they are ready to oppose former President Jacob Zuma’s special plea for the recusal of prosecutor, Billy Downer in the corruption case if the matter is not going to be postponed on Tuesday.