Despite the arrest warrant issued for his arrest, the ANC advised South Africans to be “patient” with Jacob Zuma and allow him to resolve the issue when his corruption hearing resumes in May.
Zuma filed a doctor’s letter late on Tuesday when he was due to appear in the corruption case. A “medical condition” was stated as a reason in the sick letter for Zuma’s absence.
“The ANC is calling on the public to show patience and former president. Jacob Zuma and the courts to handle the case when it resumes on May 6, ”the ANC said in a media statement.
Zuma’s attorney, Daniel Mantsha, told the court his client’s health prevented him from attending the hearing.
Mantsha then handed in a doctor’s note, which he described as a medical certificate from the military hospital, on Zuma’s behalf.
However, Billy Downer, a senior prosecutor, argued that the doctor’s letter should be treated as “hearsay evidence”.
Judge Dhaya Pillay told Mantsha she could see that the certificate had been “changed”.
However, the ANC said in its statement that Zuma “is a law-abiding citizen who still respects the courts all the time and has submitted himself to the judicial process despite his stature”.