Pietermaritzburg High Court grants Zuma's postponement application

Pietermaritzburg High Court grants Zuma's postponement application

Former president Jacob Zuma's special plea application in his corruption trial will be heard between the 10th and 13th of August. 

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Arguments were supposed to be brought before the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday. 

But Zuma's senior counsel, Advocate Dali Mpofu, requested that proceedings be postponed, telling the court that due to this being a criminal matter his client should be physically present. 

He also said that the former president plans to give oral evidence. 

Zuma, who appeared via video link from the Estcourt Correctional Facility, wants state prosecutor Billie Downer to recuse himself.

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Judge Piet Koen made the ruling on Tuesday and said that proceedings would continue virtually. 

"The directive of 15 July 2021 that the hearing of the special plea will proceed by way of a virtual hearing shall continue to apply unless revoked or revised as provided below.

"The parties and the Department of Correctional Services are each invited to provide a list in point form and not exceeding two pages of double-spaced typing of any considerations and or prejudice which might resolve, which they consider relevant to the decision whether the directive should be revoked or revised."

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