Zuma Seeks Removal of Prosecutor from South African Graft Trial

The Pietermaritzburg High Court has heard that former president Jacob Zuma will be making an application for lead state prosecutor Billy Downer to be removed from his corruption trial, almost 20 years in the making, writes Des Erasmus for the Daily Maverick. This is not the first time Zuma has raised the issue of Downer's prosecutorial fitness for the case, having previously accused the veteran prosecutor of being "hell-bent" on prosecuting him.

The court rescheduled the case to May 26, 2021 after legal teams met in the chambers of Judge Piet Koen to deliberate on an appropriate date for postponement. Zuma is accused of receiving 791 payments, totaling R4.1-million, between 1995 and 2004 from his former financial advisor/economic advisor Schabir Shaik and Shaik's companies to help French arms manufacturer Thales, accused number two, secure lucrative defence contracts from the government, as part of the country's multi-billion rand 1999 armaments deal.

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Former president Jacob Zuma receives the Arms Deal Report from Judges Willie Seriti and Thekiso Musi on December 30, 2015 .

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