The former president of South Africa is currently serving 15 months in another case and faces 16 charges.
The prolonged corruption trial of former South African President Jacob Zuma has been postponed again, and he is currently serving 15 months in prison on a separate charge.
Judge Piet Koen said on Tuesday that the day after Zuma Appear virtually At the Pietermaritzburg High Court, the trial will be postponed to “August 10 or 13”.
Zuma faces 16 charges of fraud, corruption, and extortion related to the purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and military equipment from five European arms companies when he was vice president in 1999.
He was accused of taking bribes from one of the companies, the French defense giant Thales, who was charged with corruption and money laundering.
Due to repeated delays in the trial that began in May, the former president was convicted on June 29 for contempt of court for violating an order of the Constitutional Court and testified by a judicial team that conducted a separate corruption investigation during his presidency.
He went to jail for this Provoked days of protest, robbery and arson, Mainly in his hometown of KwaZulu-Natal and nearby Gauteng. The riots caused at least 200 deaths.
Zuma’s legal team cited riots and the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic when requesting an extension. They argued that the defendant had the right to appear in person during the trial.
Zuma is a veteran in the struggle against white minority rule. He served as President of South Africa from 2009 to 2018, and then resigned under pressure from his political party. He had previously appeared in court to declare his innocence at the beginning of the trial.
Some people worry that his latest appearance in court may lead to violent protests at his support base, which will result in a high level of security in the courtroom. However, by the time the adjournment was announced on Tuesday, no major incident had occurred.
Zuma’s strategy, once known as the “President of Teflon”, is locally known as the “Stalingrad Defense”. It refers to the Soviet city that withstood German attacks for months during World War II. Both sides caused huge casualties, and Bernard Smith of Al Jazeera reported from Pietermaritzburg.
“For more than 10 years, he has been trying to avoid being prosecuted,” Smith said. “The attempt to bring him to court is seen as a test of South Africa’s ability to hold powerful figures and related persons accountable.”
The former president’s foundation immediately praised the decision to postpone the trial and wrote on Twitter: “The Constitution finally prevailed!”
It said: “If the defendant is absent and unable to consult his lawyer, there will be no virtual criminal proceedings.”