Apparently, due to health reasons, Jacob Zuma will not attend his first court appearance this year in the corruption case against him.
Zuma’s attorneys have already notified the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) “that he is ill,” says NPA spokesperson Bulelwa Makeke.
“He will therefore not attend Tuesday’s court proceedings. However, his request that the case is postponed will be part of the court proceedings, ”says Makeke.
Zuma, along with French arms manufacturer Thales, is facing 18 charges of corruption, fraud, robbery and money laundering.
He is accused of being bribed during the arms dealings with five European companies in the 1990s. One of those companies was Thales.
He allegedly received bribes of R4m in an R51bn arms deal while he was deputy president. Zuma and Thales deny guilt on the charges.
The Zondo Commission on State Capture heard in January this year that Zuma was suffering from a “secret disease”. The commission also heard how Zuma, due to this illness, will not be available to testify before the commission from January to March this year.
NewsliteSA earlier reported on a video of Zuma riding quad bikes.