Jacob Zuma
Jacob Zuma

A South African court on Tuesday postoned Former president Jacob Zuma’s fraud and corruption trial to February 2020.

The purpose to postpone the trial is for pre-trial proceedings, KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg said.

Zuma briefly appeared in the court to appeal last week’s dismissal of the application which he and co-accused, French arms dealer Thales, lodged for a permanent stay of prosecution.

Last week, the court denied Zuma’s application for permanent stay of prosecution over fraud and corruption charges.

In Tuesday’s ruling, the court gave Zuma until November 1 to file papers for the appeal bid.

The court will hear Zuma’s appeal on November 22 before his criminal case, set for February 4, 2020.

The charges against Zuma are related to a multi-billion-rand arms deal with European countries in the late 1990s, which Zuma has completely denied.

The prosecution alleges that Zuma took advantage of his position in the government to help businessman Schabir Shaik in his commercial dealings.

Shaik was convicted in 2008 to 15 years in prison for his involvement in facilitating a bribe for Zuma from French arms manufacturer Thales in exchange for political protection during the investigation into the arms deal.

But corruption charges against Zuma were dropped in the early 2000s and paved the way for Zuma to become president in 2009.

In March last year, the National Prosecuting Authority reinstated the corruption charges against Zuma. Enditem

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