Former president Jacob Zuma is expected in court on debasement allegations on Tuesday, in what might be the first occasion when he first time he faces trial for graft despite multiple accusations.
Zuma is accused of taking kickbacks before becoming president from the R51bn acquisition of fighter jets, patrol boats and military gear produced by five European firms, including French protection organization Thales.
After a few endeavors to avoid the trial, he will appear before the high court in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday for the opening of the case in which he allegedly got R4m.
Nonetheless, his appearance could be brief — a court authority has anticipated that toward the beginning of the procedure he would probably request against a week ago’s decision that he stand trial.
That would possibly haul out a case that is as of now over 20 years of age.
Zuma is expected to appear alongside representatives of Thales, which is accused for paying bribes. Both Zuma and Thales deny the charges.
There is additionally a question about whether the court will have the option to begin procedures straight away.
“I just don’t see how the trial is going to start tomorrow. It takes a whole year to prepare for a trial of this magnitude,” lawyer Tyrone Maseko said.
“They are not ready for a trial,” said Maseko, adding that Zuma was facing many charges and that a final indictment needed to be defined.
Zuma deals with 16 charges of fraud, graft and racketeering related to the 1990s arms deal struck when he was deputy president to Thabo Mbeki.
His previous financial advisor, Schabir Shaik, who supposedly encouraged Thales’ installments, was seen as liable for extortion and debasement in 2005 and was sentenced to 15 years behind bars.
In any case, soon after Zuma moved toward becoming president in 2009, Shaik was discharged on restorative parole. Analysts have warned that if Zuma goes on trial, he will drag down with him many leaders of the ANC.