Former South African President Jacob Zuma’s arms deal corruption trial was again postponed on Monday, pending the outcome of his latest bid to have the chief prosecutor removed from the long-running case.
Jacob Zuma, who was deposed as president in 2018 after nine years in office, has pleaded not guilty to accusations of corruption, money laundering, and racketeering in connection with a $2 billion arms transaction in the 1990s.
He claims the primary prosecutor is prejudiced against him, but his attempts to have the prosecutor removed have been dismissed by the High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).
Judge Piet Koen of the Pietermaritzburg High Court stayed the trial until May 17 to allow the president of the SCA to review a “reconsideration motion” filed by Jacob Zuma last week.
“The adjournment is granted on the condition that if the application… is not resolved by May 17, 2022, the trial will begin at 10 a.m. on May 31, 2022,” Koen stated.
Zuma was not in court on Monday to hear the judge’s decision, citing a health concern, according to a spokeswoman for the Jacob Zuma Foundation.