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



On Tuesday, Court officially postponed Jacob Zuma and Thales arm deal case to December 8, 2020.

They are facing charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering linked to the arms deal.

The Pietermaritzburg High Court postponed the case on Tuesday.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), COVID-19 related travel restrictions are one of the reasons for the delays in the case against former president Jacob Zuma and French arms company, Thales.

The travel restrictions will prevent witnesses abroad from showing up in court to testify.

NPA’s Natasha Kara highlighted another reason for postponing the case which is Thales’ application for a review and request for further particulars.

“By agreement, all parties have committed to the provisional postponement of the matter for the resolution of pretrial management issues. The matter has been postponed to 8 December 2020.”

Thales wants the racketeering charge against it to be declared unconstitutional.

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

It also threatened threatened to sue the NPA for what it termed as malicious prosecution that wants to tarnish its image.

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