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Zuma’s Trial Postponed Due To Ill Health

The Jacob Zuma Foundation says Tuesday’s planned hearing relating to the corruption trial of former South African President Jacob Zuma is set to be postponed.

Their stance was stated in a Tweet on Monday.

The association said the former president’s lawyers and the National Prosecuting Authority’s legal team are in discussion to approach the courts to postpone his corruption matter in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg.

Zuma – who is currently serving a sentence for contempt of court – was expected to appear Tuesday for a court session relating to charges concerning an arms deal in the 1990s.

He has already pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of racketeering, corruption, fraud, tax evasion and money laundering.

The former president was admitted to the hospital for what was described as a routine check-up and he is still being seen by doctors, and as a result, will not be able to attend court.

NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said they would comment once there was a pronouncement from the judge hearing the matter.

Lusanda Ntuli of the office of the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said that the judiciary had not received an application.

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