The trial in the case of corruption against former President Jacob Zuma and the French arms company Thales was postponed to the High Court of Pietermaritzburg on August 1.
This date has been set pending the completion of Zuma’s application for reconsideration addressed to the Chairman of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).
Zuma filed the application after the SCA rejected a request for permission to appeal the previous rejection of his special request to remove from the court the Attorney General – attorney Billy Downer.
The proceedings focused exclusively on possible trial dates, applications and the presence of a lawyer.
Zuma and a representative of the French arms company Thales were not present at the trial.
Downer told the court that the registrar of the Supreme Court of Appeals had told the prosecution that the application for reconsideration was still in the office of the SCA president, Judge Mandis May.
The application was submitted by April 11.
Judge Pete Cohen said the trial has been adjourned while the case is in the higher courts.
“The adjournment is granted on the grounds that in the event that an application under section 17 (2F) of the Supreme Courts Act has been made before 1 August 2022. No applications for permission to appeal to the Constitutional Court were received; The trial will be resumed at 10:00 on August 15, 2022 and will then continue until September 16, 2022 and again from November 7, 2022 to December 2, 2022, ”Judge Cohen added.
In the video below – the trial on Tuesday:
JG Zuma Foundation spokesman Mzwanele Manyi says the trial dates that have been set are based on a number of assumptions.
“One is that there will be a decision from the SCA. This is an encouraging solution number one. Hopefully solution number two is that SCA is likely to fire again, and that’s it. I hope that number three – even the Constitutional Court may refuse to hear us. “
In the video below, the Zuma Foundation welcomes the adjournment of the corruption case:
Meanwhile, legal expert Mpumelela Zikalala thanked Judge Cohen for waiting for the SCA process to unfold.
“I think that the judge in this case is paying attention to this case from the point of view of considering this issue in a simple word: I do not want delays. Yes, I know there is a law on the Constitution and criminal procedure that allows him to do that, but I want to make sure that this issue is resolved as soon as possible. [This will be] indirectly putting pressure on the SCA to say you can see the type of delays happening in our court. ”
“We want to get down to business as soon as possible. Years have passed since its inception. We want to ensure that we start and finish during this time, and not receive written reports or oral reports. They are here to provide materials so that they can eliminate any delays that may be there to ensure that the process goes quickly, ”Zikalala adds.
The case will return to court on August 1.
Below is an interview with Zikalala