Faizel Patel, Radio Islam - 04-02-2020
The Pietermaritzburg High Court has issued a warrant of arrest for former president Jacob Zuma he failed to appear in court for his corruption trial on medical grounds.
The warrant will be effected if Zuma fails to appear in court on 6 May.
Business Day reports Judge Dhaya Pillay said the court was not provided with sufficient evidence that Zuma was indeed ill.
“Without that evidence, this the court cannot do anything else but issue a warrant of arrest.”
Before his expected appearance in court on Tuesday, Zuma’s lawyer Dan Mantsha had indicated that he would be unable to attend the hearing as he was receiving medical treatment overseas.
However, State Prosecutor Billy Downer said the state did not concede to the submission of the sick note, as it does not prove anything about Zuma’s medical condition.
Zuma is facing corruption, fraud and racketeering charges relating to the multibillion-rand arms deal.