Edward Zuma proclaims his father is ‘harmless’ forward of court docket look

Nevertheless, the previous president’s supporters are anticipated to collect on the Booysens Lodge and Convention Centre in Johannesburg as below lockdown degree three, conferences and conferences for enterprise functions are solely permitted consistent with restrictions on gatherings.

Solely ten members of the general public and ten journalists are allowed into court docket as a result of lockdown restrictions.

Zuma’s lawyer Eric Mabuza informed SowetanLIVE’s sister publication TimesLIVE that his consumer would positively be in attendance on Tuesday.

An arrest warrant, issued in February when Zuma failed to look in court docket, was beforehand stayed till Could 6, however the postponement of the matter throughout the lockdown led to it being prolonged till Tuesday.

In February, the court docket heard Zuma was too sick to be current in court docket throughout the legal proceedings in opposition to him. Zuma’s then lawyer, Daniel Mantsha, submitted a sick word from a army hospital the place the previous president was mentioned to have been handled, however choose Dhaya Pillay mentioned it was inadmissible due to inconsistencies.

Zuma is accused of receiving an annual bribe of R500,000 from his co-accused, French-based firm Thales, for cover from an investigation into the controversial multibillion-rand arms deal.

The alleged bribe was facilitated by Zuma’s former monetary adviser‚ Schabir Shaik.