ZumaFormer South African president Jacob Zuma
Former South African president Jacob Zuma

South Africa’s Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday dismissed an application by former president Jacob Zuma for a permanent stay of prosecution, which means the trial he faces will commence next week.

“The application brought by Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma seeking leave to enter into the records of the proceedings for a permanent stay is dismissed,” read the judgement.

It remains unclear if Zuma’s legal team led by advocate Muzi Sikhakhane would appeal Friday’s court judgement before the start of his much awaited trial.

Zuma faces 18 charges including corruption, racketeering, fraud and money laundering charges. His legal team wanted charges against him to be permanently scrapped, claiming political interference.

According to Friday’s judgement, Zuma will stand trial in Kwazulu-Natal next week on Tuesday.

Zuma is also expected to foot his own legal bill after the Pretoria high court last year ruled that the state must stop spending taxpayers money on his litigation. Enditem

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