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

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

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

The Pietermaritzburg supreme court postponed the case on Tuesday.

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

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

NPA’s Natasha Kara highlighted one more 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 eight 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 cover in any deal investigation.

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

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