Tuesday, 15 October 2019 11:40

The legal team of former president Jacob Zuma have informally indicated to the State it would appeal Friday's ruling that his corruption case must go ahead.

Shortly after arriving at the court this morning for the trial which was set for three days, his attorney, Advocate Dan Mantsha, accompanied by Advocate Thobani Masuku SC (Senior Counsel), engaged in a brief discussion with the prosecution team which included Advocate Bill Downer and the legal team representing Thales.

Advocate Mantsha told the prosecutors that they "will definitely appeal" and they need a bit of time to do so.

Zuma is facing charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering emanating from the 1999 arms deal worth billions. It is alleged that he received bribes from Thales through his former financial adviser, convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik.

Shaik was released on medical parole in 2009 after serving just two years and four months of his 15 year sentence after he was convicted of corruption in 2005.