Former president Jacob Zuma has made an undertaking to motivate his criminal trial in May maybe well maybe, the Pietermaritzburg high court heard on Tuesday.
Dispute recommend Billy Downer SC instructed the court that Zuma and a marketing consultant from French fingers firm Thales had made the undertaking therefore there was no need for prefer Nkosinathi Chili to assemble any repeat to compel the occasions to be in attendance at this stage.
He instructed the court that the deliver had agreed to Zuma’s set aside a question to no longer to be in court on Tuesday.
Zuma’s prison expert Rudolph Baloyi instructed TimesLIVE that the former president was “ready” to face trial and that he was doing “fine” amid his upright woes.
The trial is set down from May maybe well maybe 17 to June 30. Additional dates will be added at a later stage.
Nationwide Prosecuting Authority spokesperson in KZN, Natasha Kara said the trial against former president Jacob has been set down for May maybe well maybe 17. @TimesLIVE @yasantha pic.twitter.com/KesIidgJqz
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The trial is expected to be prolonged as there are over 200 witnesses on the deliver’s checklist.
Downer instructed the court that Covid-19 plod back and forth restrictions remain a consideration as there are international witnesses as effectively as the Thales marketing consultant, who’s in Paris, that have to be indicate in court.
“We don’t know what will happen in the prolonged urge so it’s a subject that we will take as it occurs.”
Zuma is accused of receiving an annual bribe of R500,000 from French fingers dealer Thales for protection from an investigation into the controversial fingers deal.
The alleged bribe was facilitated by Schabir Shaik, who was Zuma’s former financial adviser.