National Prosecuting Authority postpones corruption trials against former South African President Jacob Zuma

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on September 8, has confirmed the postponement of the corruption case against former South African President Jacob Zuma until December 8.

Natasha Kara, Regional Spokesperson said in the statement, “By agreement, all parties have committed to the provisional postponement of the matter for the resolution of pre-trial management issues.”

Zuma, who ruled South Africa between 2009 and 2018, is facing several charges of racketeering, fraud, corruption and money laundering. The charges are in connection with a controversial $2 billion arms deal with French defence firm Thales in 1999, when he was serving the country as the Deputy President. He is accused of accepting $34,000 (500,000 rand) annually from Thales from 1999 in return of providing protection from investigation.

On September 6, Jacob G Zuma Foundation issued a statement stating there will be “no court appearance” on September 8 due to the NPA’s “unreadiness to proceed with the trial” against Jacob Zuma. It added, “For too long, the NPA together with the media accused President Zuma of applying delaying tactics. Yet, it is the NPA that is not ready to proceed when President Zuma calls upon it to present its case against him.”

Zuma has been facing the charges since March 2018, which he strongly denies. Following the pressure from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) he was forced to resign from office.

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