There is a strong police presence outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court ahead of the arms deal corruption trial of former President Jacob Zuma and French arms dealer Thales.
However, it remains unclear whether the former President who was released on medical parole earlier this month will be present in court.
Zuma and Thales are facing charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering in connection with the 1999 arms deal and the case has already been postponed twice due to Zuma’s ill health.
The former President made a special plea seeking the recusal of state prosecutor advocate Billy Downer.
Judge Piet Koen made a ruling that should the Zuma defense team decide to file a postponement in this case, evidence would have to be led by the State.
Keon previously indicated that should they not be satisfied with the medical report it could mean that they might then request the State doctors assess the former President.
Zuma’s corruption trial to resume:
— Simphiwe makhanya (@Simphiw31908044) September 21, 2021
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