Zuma’s legal team files medical report on his fitness to stand trial

The national prosecuting authority (NPA) confirmed on Friday that former president Jacob Zuma’s legal team has filed a medical report on his fitness to stand trial.

The former president, who is serving a 15-month jail term for being in contempt of the Constitutional Court (ConCourt), was hospitalized for an undisclosed medical procedure ahead of his recent appearance before the Pietermaritzburg High Court for the arms deal matter.

On 10 August 2021, the court ordered that the arms deal corruption matter be postponed to 9 and 10 September 2021 due to Zuma’s health condition. The court also ordered that Zuma’s medical report should be provided by 20 August 2021, a deadline the former president’s legal team missed.

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The NPA said on Friday that since the report “is a confidential document” it cannot make any “further comments until the matter is heard in court”.

Meanwhile, the former president has reached out to the public for donations to help him cover his legal costs, which reportedly stand at R18.2 million.

The former president is facing 18 charges of corruption, money laundering and fraud in the arms deal matter before the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

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