Jacob Zuma withdrew his application for leave to appeal in the Constitutional Court.
The JG Zuma Foundation said in a statement that it paves the way for Zuma to prepare for the trial and to show that he never benefited from the Arms transaction and that he did not attempt to escape court.
“He hopes his innocence will be proven for all to see,” the statement reads. “He appreciates the support he continues to receive from the citizens of the country and has expressed his respect for the justice system and other government agencies involved,” the foundation said.
“I hope that our citizens will eventually be assured and will rest on the real beneficiaries of the Arms Transaction if any corruption has occurred.”
This comes after Zuma was granted leave to appeal his legal cost.
Business Day reports that the court also granted leave to appeal to Zuma against the judgment holding him liable for R10 million in legal costs in his personal capacity.
The cost stems from his failed application to prevent former public protector Thuli Madonsela from issuing a state capture report.
Zuma said in court documents that the state must pay his legal fees because the alleged offenses were committed while doing official duties.