Former president Jacob Zuma will be back in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing in his corruption case.

The matter is expected to be postponed to a later date.

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Zuma faces charges of racketeering, two counts of corruption, one count of money laundering, and 12 counts of fraud relating to 783 payments he allegedly received in connection with the controversial multi-billion-rand arms deal.

In March 2020, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein denied the High Court application for stay in prosecution.

Zuma later approached the Constitutional Court but withdrew that application in April.

Another criminal charge against Zuma:

In November, chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, said he has decided that the Secretary of the Commission should lay a criminal charge against the former President with South African Police Service ( SAPS).

The Deputy Chief Justice was responding to the former President’s legal team’s decision to walk out of the commission.

Zondo’s response came as calls mount from civil society organisations for him to deal decisively with Zuma.

Professor Cathy Powell, Associate Professor in Public Law at the University of Cape Town takes a look at the issue: