In the late 1990s, South Africa entered into an arms deal with French company Thales. Zuma is accused of corrupt practices in relation to that deal. That trial has been postponed to August 10. There was conflict over whether Zuma should be physically present in court or appear via video from detention. Mogomotsi Magome had this report in Associated Press. Here is an excerpt:
The corruption trial of former South African president Jacob Zuma, who is currently in prison, has been postponed to August 10 as it is decided whether he must be physically present in the courtroom or can appear via video from where he is in detention.
Zuma asked that his trial be postponed until he could attend the case at the court in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal province. Zuma claimed that proceedings held via a video link prevent him from properly consulting with his lawyers. Zuma is currently in Estcourt Correctional Center, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) away.
He is accused of receiving bribes from French arms manufacturer Thales during South Africa’s purchase of arms in 1999.
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