Only judge can decide when Zuma's trial will begin says NPA

Only judge can decide when Zuma's trial will begin says NPA

Prosecutors say it will be up to the judge to decide when the corruption trial against Jacob Zuma and a French arms company will begin.

Jacob Zuma
Former President Jacob Zuma. Photo by Neo Motloung

The case is being brought before the Pietermaritzburg High Court this morning. 

The former president and Thales are facing charges linked to payments he allegedly received in connection with the multibillion-rand arms deal. 

The Jacob Zuma Foundation’s demanded the case be struck off the roll due to various postponements. 

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It says it was told that the State will be ready to proceed with the case on the 17th of May. 

The NPA's Sipho Ngwema says the State and legal representatives for Thales have reached an agreement. 

"The state is ready for the matter to go to trial and as we have indicated we have a preferred day which is May, however that depends on what the judge says." 

Meanwhile the Zondo Commission of Inquiry yesterday asked the Constitutional Court to jail Zuma for two years for defying a court order compelling him to testify. 

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