A South African court on Tuesday granted another adjournment in a trial of former President Jacob Zuma in a corruption case over a gun deal as his legal team seeks to dismiss the attorney general in a long-term case.
Ousted as head of state in 2018 after nine years in power, Zuma claims to have fallen victim to a political witch hunt and pleaded not guilty to corruption, money laundering and racketeering charges over a $ 2 billion arms deal. 1990s. served as Vice President of South Africa.
He claims Attorney General Billy Downer is biased against him, but the High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) have so far rejected attempts to replace him.
Pietermaritzburg High Court Judge Pete Cohen has adjourned the trial until August, to allow the SCA president to reconsider previous decisions that allowed Downar to stay on.
“The adjournment is granted on the grounds that if the application (SCA) … was determined before August 1, 2022 and no application for permission to appeal to the Constitutional Court was filed, the trial will resume at 10 a.m. on August 15, 2022,” – said Cuen.
However, if the SCA issue is not addressed in early August, new dates will be set, he added in a case where co-accused French defense firm Thales also pleaded not guilty to the charge.