The court set the 17 May as the date for the commencement of the trial, following input from both the State and the accused.
DURBAN – The Democratic Alliance (DA) said that it was delighted that the case against former President Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales was finally going to trial.
Zuma and Thales face corruption, money laundering and racketeering charges linked to the multi-billion rand arms deal.
The case was heard without the accused present in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday.
The court set 17 May as the date for the commencement of the trial, following input from both the State and the accused.
The DA’s Glynnis Breytenbach said that yesterday’s decision by the court strenghtened democracy.
“It’s something the DA has fought for for a decade. South Africans have been waiting for that length of time for Mr Zuma to arrive with the answers. He’s kept telling us he wants his day in court, he wants to clear his name and now finally the opportunity has arrived.”
Zuma is alleged to have received multiple payments from Thales through his former financial adviser Schabir Shaik.
Shaik was controversially granted medical parole after claiming that he was terminally ill 12 years ago.
The State said that it has lined up at least 217 witnesses in the case.
The trial is expected to take place from 17 May to 20 June.
Article written by: Nkosikhona Duma
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