Tuesday, 23 June 2020 12:13

Photo Credit:Esa Alexander.

The Pietermaritzburg High Court has postponed the corruption case against former President Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales to September.

State prosecutor Advocate Billy Downer has told the Pietermaritzburg High Court that preparations for former President Jacob Zuma’s corruption trial have been hampered by the outbreak of COVID-19 that hit South Africa in March.

Downer said COVID-19 had a marked effect on the State’s preparations for the trial.

Zuma faces 16 charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering that is linked to South Africa’s 1999 multi-billion rand Arms Deal.

His co-accused, French company Thales, is facing 2 charges.

Thales has requested all documents and hard drives that have been seized in the investigation of the case.

Meanwhile Zuma's warrant of arrest has been cancelled by the High Court in Pietermaritzburg.

In February, the court issued a warrant of arrest for Zuma after he failed to appear in court for his arms deal case.

According to Zuma's legal team, the former president fell ill and sought medical assistance in Cuba.

A medical certificate has been produced in court by Zuma's legal team and has not been challenged by the state.

Judge Kate Pillay expressed her concern over Zuma’s ability to attend the court date given his ill-health.

All parties agreed to return on 8 September with a note from Thales’ representation on the uncertainty with regards to international travel due to lockdown.