NPA finally receives Zuma’s medical report

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The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it has finally received former President Jacob Zuma’s medical report on his fitness to stand trial.

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During the previous proceeding at the Pietermaritzburg High Court, Judge Piet Koen gave Zuma’s team until August 20th to file the medical report.

He then gave the state permission to obtain its own medical opinion on whether the former president is fit to stand trial. Zuma and French arms company, Thales, face corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering charges linked to the arms deal.

Zuma is also currently serving a 15-month jail term for contempt of court.

NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga, “I can confirm that today we received a medical report that relates to Mr Zuma’s state of health from his legal team. Because this document is a confidential one we cannot comment until the matter is resolved in court.”

Documents relating to arms deal

Earlier in August, the African National Congress’ (ANC)  Jessie Duarte insisted that the party doesn’t have any documents that would help Zuma in his money laundering and corruption trial relating to the arms deal.

Zuma had written to the ANC treasurer-general’s office to demand a list of payments made to the governing party from companies that allegedly benefited from the country’s multi-billion-rand arms procurement contracts.

He said this would help him to prove that he neither used his position in the ANC nor in government, to benefit from the arms deal as the state alleges in its papers in his corruption case.

Earlier, the ANC said through its lawyers that the documents were destroyed when the party’s offices were flooded.