The corruption trial of South Africa’s embattled ex-president Jacob Zuma and French arms producer Thales, which was as a result of resume this week, has been postponed to February subsequent yr, the excessive court docket ordered on Tuesday.
Zuma, in energy from 2009 to 2018, faces 16 expenses of fraud, graft, and racketeering regarding the acquisition of fighter jets, patrol boats and army tools.
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He allegedly took bribes of 4 million rand ($220,000 / 200,000 euros) over a $3.4-billion arms take care of French aerospace and defence large Thales in 1999, when he was deputy president.
Judge Nompulelo Radebe of the Pietermaritzburg excessive court docket stated, “the matter is postponed provisionally to 23 February 2021 for the resolution of… outstanding pre-trial management issues.”
Neither Zuma nor a consultant from Thales had been current within the dock.
Radebe stated the delay would permit time for each the defence and prosecutors to request additional particulars within the matter, together with the trial letter.
Clarity on the restrictions on worldwide journey because of the Covid-19 pandemic will even be sought, as some witnesses dwell overseas.
Zuma was pressured to step down in 2018 by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) after a nine-year reign marked by corruption allegations and dwindling recognition.
His successor Cyril Ramaphosa made the struggle towards graft the cornerstone of his presidency.