On Tuesday, the case was returned to the Supreme Court of Pietermaritzburg.

FILE: Former South African President Jacob Zuma takes off his glasses while speaking to the media at his home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, on July 4, 2021. Photo: Emanuel Croze / AFP

JOHANNESBURG – The expert said he did not hold his breath about the trial of former President Jacob Zuma on corruption, which will take place in August.

On Tuesday, the case was returned to the Supreme Court of Pietermaritzburg.

This was for an update at the request of Zuma, filed with the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal Mandis Maya.

He wants her to reconsider her application for permission to appeal the rejection by the High Court of his special motion to dismiss Billy Downer from his case after two appellate judges initially rejected him inappropriately.

If the issue had been considered by Tuesday, the case would have gone to court on the 31st of this month.

But the court found that – at least on Monday – Maya has not even received documents.

And so the trial was adjourned until August 1.

If his efforts to appeal are exhausted by then, the trial will resume on August 15.

But Dr. Lyulin Kerlevis, a professor of law at the University of Pretoria, is not optimistic.

Assuming the SCA makes a decision sooner than later, we can expect Zuma’s legal team to likely move the case to the constitutional court for further possible appeal or petition proceedings. And I can’t see for sure until then “We will have a ready decision of the Constitutional Court in August. So it is unlikely.”

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