Mon, 24 Feb 2020

Court proceedings are scheduled to pick up again next week as the corruption trial for former president Jacob Zuma gets underway.

During his previous appearance, Zuma heard that his appeal for a bid for permanent stay of prosecution had been dismissed with costs.

Three judges - Jerome Mnguni, Esther Steyn and Thoba Poyo-Dlwati - found that there was no compelling reason why he should be granted leave to appeal the dismissal.

"It is in the interest of justice and bringing the matter to finality that no appeal should ensue," read the ruling from Mnguni, Steyn and Poyo-Dlwati in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg.

The core of Zuma's application for a permanent stay of prosecution was his long-time allegation that, due to an unreasonable delay in the commencement of the proceedings, it wouldn't be possible to receive a fair trial.

The judges however said another court would not find differently if all factors were considered.

"We do not believe that another court, after properly considering judgment in context and in its totality, would find differently," News24 reported the judges as saying.

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In his submission, Zuma alleged that the judges had overemphasised the seriousness of his alleged crimes.

He asserted that the Supreme Court of Appeal would come to a different conclusion.

Outside court, Zuma, who normally commands a large audience after proceedings in Pietermartizburg, stood before a paltry group of supporters and passersby.

Zuma is charged, along with French arms company Thales, of one count of racketeering, 12 of fraud, four of corruption and one of money laundering.

Thales' stay of prosecution application was also denied.

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