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NPA blamed for delaying ex leaders corruption trial - Zuma, Thales arms deal case postponed to December due to Covid-19 restrictions

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Zuma, Thales arms deal case postponed to December due to Covid-19 restrictions

Jacob Zuma2 - Zuma, Thales arms deal case postponed to December due to Covid-19 restrictionsOn Tuesday, Court docket formally postponed Jacob Zuma and Thales arm deal case to December 8, 2020.

They’re going through fees of corruption, fraud and racketeering linked to the arms deal.

The Pietermaritzburg Excessive Court docket postponed the case on Tuesday.

In response to 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.

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The journey restrictions will stop witnesses overseas from displaying up in courtroom to testify.

NPA’s Natasha Kara highlighted another excuse for suspending the case which is Thales’ software for a overview 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.”

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Thales desires the racketeering cost in opposition to it to be declared unconstitutional.

The corporate  is accused of paying a R500,000 bribe to Zuma for defense in any arms deal investigation.

It additionally threatened threatened to sue the NPA for what it termed as malicious prosecution that wishes to tarnish its picture.

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