A South African court has adjourned former president Jacob Zuma’s arms deal corruption trial to August 10, after the former leader applied for a postponement to appear in person rather than virtually.
Zuma, whose jailing earlier this month triggered unrest nationwide appeared by video link in court on Monday to seek a further delay in his corruption trial.
Efforts to prosecute the ex-president for allegedly receiving money over a $2 billion weapons deal in the late 90s have been faced with several challenges.
The former president has however pleaded not guilty to charges including corruption, fraud and money laundering, has evaded prosecution for more than a decade by casting himself as the victim of a politically motivated witch-hunt.
During the trial on Monday, Zuma’s lawyer, Dali Mpofu argued that the trial should be postponed for Zuma to appear in person as opposed to virtually.
He asked for a postponement of up to three weeks, by which time he said he expected the constitutional court to have made a ruling on Zuma’s application to rescind his jail term which the Court granted.