Zuma, Thales corruption trial to start in May

Zuma, Thales corruption trial to start in May

The corruption trial of the former president Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales is expected to start on 17 May and run through to 20 June. 


The former president is accused of receiving bribes worth R4 million from Thales during the arms deal in the late 1990s.   

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The trial dates were set by Judge Nkosinathi Chili of the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday morning. 


"The matter is postponed... to 17 May 2021 to 20 June 2021 being the end of term date for trial," said Judge Chili.  


The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) asked for the trial to run for two terms as it plans to call more than 216 witnesses.  


Judge Chili said the presiding judge and judge president would determine the beginning of the second term of the trial. 

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