Ailing Zuma’s Graft Matter Postponed Again

Ailing former president Jacob Zuma’s decade’s old corruption case was on Thursday postponed to 21 September in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg.

Zuma, who was granted medical parole at the weekend, faces multiple charges of corruption, fraud, and money laundering. 

He is jointly charged with Thales, a company that that designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defence, transportation and security markets.

The 79-year-old former president was serving a 15-month sentence at the Estcourt Correctional Centre for contempt of court.

Zuma was, however, hospitalised outside the facility when he was granted medical parole. The former president underwent a surgical procedure while in hospital.

On Thursday Judge Piet Koen said in the circumstances, the parties reached an agreement on the way forward.

Judge Koen said he was granting the order by consent to postpone the matter. Advocate Dali Mpofu for Zuma and Advocate Advocate Wim Trengove for the National Prosecuting Authority, who attended virtually, both agreed

“The matter is adjourned in the absence of the first accused and the representative of the second accused (Thales) to 10:00 hrs on 21 and 22 September 2021 in open court in Pietermaritzburg,” said Judge Koen.

The representative of Thales was excused from attending court on those dates.