WATCH: Zuma lawyers set to introduce new evidence

Former president Jacob Zuma's legal team wanted to introduce new evidence it claims is crucial.

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PIETERMARITZBURG - Former president Jacob Zuma's legal team wanted to introduce new evidence it claims is crucial.

Zuma's team introduced a letter it claims is from the NPA.

The document purportedly demands an investigation into the role of former Justice Minister Penuell Maduna into the Zuma-Thales investigation.

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Zuma and his co-accused, French arms company Thales, want to have corruption charges against them permanently stayed.

The State pushed for Zuma to face trial for a case dating back to the 1990s, saying if he did not it would appear he received special treatment.

"There is a high risk that if Mr Zuma escapes prosecution, that he will be seen to have received special treatment because he is an important and a powerful man," said state lawyer Wim Trengrove.

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"It is important too, for Mr Zuma to be seen to be treated the same as others would have been too."

The prosecution dismissed as "unfounded" Zuma's allegations that he was victim of a "witch hunt".

"There is not a shred of evidence the decision to prosecute Mr Zuma was in any way politically motivated," said Trengrove.

READ: Zuma claims charges against him a 'political ploy'

"There is a very compelling case against him".

Thales has said it cannot get a fair trial given the "very long delay of this procedure -- through no fault of Thales at all".

Proceedings resume on Friday.

- Additional reporting Reuters

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