Former President of South Africa Jacob Zuma and the French arms company Thales, are expected to appear in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday. The matter is however not expected to go to trial yet. Zuma and Thales were last seen in court in December 2020. The matter was postponed following an application by Thales to have the racketeering charges dropped.
The former president and Thales face corruption, racketeering and money laundering charges linked to the controversial multi-million rand arms deal. The attempt by Thales to have charges of racketeering against it dropped failed last month when the Pietermaritzburg High Court dismissed its application with costs. Thales has decided not to appeal the court’s decision.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has dismissed claims made by the Jacob Zuma Foundation that it’s not ready to proceed with the trial.
Spokesperson Sipho Ngwema: “The State is ready for the matter to go to trial and as we have indicated with the preferred date in May, however, it depends on what the judge says.”
Ngwema has clarified that today was never meant to be a trial date but parties are expected to resolve outstanding pre-trial management issues and then agree on a suitable trial date.