Zuma’s trial and the order for him to look earlier than a judicial inquiry into graft are seen as checks of President Cyril Rampahosa’s marketing campaign towards corruption.
State prosecutor Advocate Billy Downer advised the Pietermaritzburg Excessive Courtroom on Tuesday that every one pre-trial issues had been concluded and that each the state and Zuma’s protection group are prepared to start the trial.
Choose Nkosinathi Chili licensed the case as trial-ready and scheduled it to start out on Might 17.
Zuma faces corruption expenses associated to funds he allegedly acquired as bribes from Thales. Thales was among the many firms that scored contracts to provide South Africa with weapons within the nation’s controversial 1999 arms procurements.
The allegedly corrupt cope with Thales was facilitated by Zuma’s former monetary adviser Schabir Shaik, who was convicted of the costs in 2005 and sentenced to 15 years in jail. Shaik was launched on parole, on medical grounds, after serving simply over two years.
The trial will add to Zuma’s authorized woes as he’s additionally going through imprisonment or a high quality for failing to look earlier than a state fee investigating different allegations of corruption in authorities and state-owned firms when he was president.
Zuma was pressured to step down in 2018 by his African Nationwide Congress get together because of mounting corruption allegations towards him and his associates.
New President Cyril Ramaphosa got here to energy by vowing to root out corruption and established a judicial fee, headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, to research allegations of corruption.
Zuma has been implicated by witnesses on the inquiry, together with former Cupboard ministers and high-ranking authorities officers, of efforts to affect the awarding of profitable state contracts to his associates.
Zuma has refused to obey courtroom orders for him to look earlier than the fee, saying publicly that he would go to jail earlier than agreeing to testify earlier than it. The fee has filed an utility with the Constitutional Courtroom, the nation’s apex courtroom, to convict Zuma of contempt of courtroom and sentence him to 2 years in jail for failing to look earlier than the fee.
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