Zuma, Thales arms deal case postponed to December due to Covid-19 restrictions
On Tuesday, Courtroom formally postponed Jacob Zuma and Thales arm deal case to December 8, 2020.
They’re dealing with prices of corruption, fraud and racketeering linked to the arms deal.
The Pietermaritzburg Excessive Courtroom postponed the case on Tuesday.
Based on the Nationwide Prosecuting Authority (NPA), COVID-19 associated journey restrictions are one of many causes for the delays within the case in opposition to former president Jacob Zuma and French arms firm, Thales.
The journey restrictions will forestall witnesses overseas from exhibiting up in court docket to testify.
NPA’s Natasha Kara highlighted one more reason for suspending the case which is Thales’ software for a assessment and request for additional particulars.
“By settlement, all events have dedicated to the provisional postponement of the matter for the decision of pretrial administration points. The matter has been postponed to eight December 2020.”
Thales needs the racketeering cost in opposition to it to be declared unconstitutional.
The corporate is accused of paying a R500,000 bribe to Zuma for cover in any arms deal investigation.
It additionally threatened threatened to sue the NPA for what it termed as malicious prosecution that desires to tarnish its picture.