The corruption trial of South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma over an arms deal dating back more than two decades has been postponed until next month.
The trial was postponed because Zuma was hospitalised last week.
He was admitted to hospital for observation on Friday for an undisclosed condition, which prompted Tuesday’s hearing to be held virtually rather than in open court.
“The matter is postponed to 9th and 10th of September, 2021,” Judge Piet Koen declared, pending a medical report on Zuma.
The defense was meant to plead to the court to remove a state prosecutor and thus have the charges dropped during Tuesday’s hearing.
Zuma is faced with corruption allegatons linked to the 1999 purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and equipment from five European arms firms when he was deputy president.
He is accused of taking bribes from one of the firms, French defence giant Thales, which has been charged with corruption.