Zuma corruption trial | High Court concerned about delays

There's been yet another delay in former president Jacob Zuma's corruption case. This time, it's scheduled to resume in August. #DStv403

PIETERMARITZBURG - There's been yet another delay in former president Jacob Zuma's corruption case.

This time, it's scheduled to resume in August.

The High Court in Pietermaritzburg is awaiting the decision from Supreme Court Judge President Mandisa Maya.

Zuma applied for the reconsideration of his bid to have lead prosecutor Billy Downer dismissed.

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He insists he won't get a fair trial if prosecuted by Downer.

"The adjournment is granted on the basis that if the application in terms of Section 17 2F of the Superior Court's Act has been determined by 1 August 2022, and no application for leave to appeal to the Constitutional Court has been launched," said Judge Piet Koen.

"The trial shall resume at 10am on 15 August 2022 and shall thereafter continue until 16 September 2022 and again from 7 November 2022 to 2 December 2022."

Koen also expressed concern over the many trial delays.

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He says he doesn't believe there's substance to Zuma's Supreme Court application.

"I'm also concerned about the delays, not only in the demonstration of justice but also the accused, particularly accused number two in this matter.

"It seems to me that we now with the reconsideration application and procedures to follow thereafter, squarely whatever doubt there might have been before within the parameters of the Superior Court Act, and as such Section 18 says that the process is suspended," Koen said.

"I don't have discretion in the matter. So all we can do is sit out this process of further appeals or further applications along the path of appeals."

Meanwhile, lawyers representing Zuma's co-accused, French arms manufacturer Thales, say they're ready for the trial to resume.

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