Former president Jacob Zuma’s defence group become “upbeat” and claimed “victory” after complaints on the first day of his special plea hearing in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday.
Jacob Zuma Foundation spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi stated even as he had no longer touched base with Zuma after court docket, “I am sure he watched the complaints on TV at some point and is glad.”
“We are upbeat because we claimed victory with the aid of making sure the nation did now not derail the unique plea hearing via bringing medical examiners and disturbing that the clinical reviews be surpassed in. For what? It’s all a part of their shenanigans.
“The clinical reports have been no longer wanted at this stage due to the fact we are not inquiring for a postponement,” Manyi said.
The courtroom heard that Zuma could not be found in courtroom because his Gauteng-based totally doctors recommended he stay near them.
However, the state subpoenaed health workers and countrywide correctional offerings commissioner Arthur Fraser, who granted Zuma medical parole, to give evidence on the previous president’s clinical reviews. They asked that the reports be exceeded in.
The nation said the NPA’s docs discovered Zuma turned into match to stand trial even as, Zuma’s medical doctors stated the former president changed into now not.
After fierce argument from Zuma’s attorney, recommend Dali Mpofu, and kingdom suggest Wim Trengove, judge Piet Koen stated the problem of the clinical information would be treated later and ordered the start of the special plea listening to.
Zuma is asking for the removal of lead prosecutor endorse Billy Downer.
He believes that if his utility to remove Downer is successful, he need to be acquitted.
Mpofu told the courtroom that Zuma believed his proper to a honest trial would be jeopardised as Downer turned into no longer independent.
He stated Downer turned into a witness towards Zuma whilst the DA known as for a review after the NPA did not want to pursue expenses towards the former president. This become an example that Downer become pushed by way of a political purpose and became now not impartial, Mpofu stated.
Mpofu and advocate Thabani Masuku brought up the records of the case against Zuma, which blanketed lengthy arguments on the “spy tapes”.
Mpofu argued that Downer lacked the identify to attempt Zuma for corruption.
Zuma’s prison team called the NPA “vultures” for seemingly bringing in medical doctors to observe Zuma before his own clinical specialists may want to do so.
Mpofu additionally argued that Downer had leaked Zuma’s medical file to a journalist.
Trengove defended Downer, announcing the leaked scientific records were in courtroom papers, which have been not personal.
He said that Downer did have the title to prosecute Zuma and that the state wanted extra prosecutors like him.
Trengove brought that Zuma’s arguments in his special plea were the “identical vintage, same antique” court cases utilized in previous unsuccessful court bids.
The country believes Zuma’s plea is his today's pass to place an stop to the prosecution.
In the beyond, Zuma’s defence group become accused of adopting a “Stalingrad method” by launching court packages to delay the start of the corruption trial, whilst the kingdom has always stated it become prepared to continue.
In 2007, Zuma’s then-advise, Kemp J Kemp, advised the Durban high courtroom: “We have adopted a Stalingrad strategy in reaction to this prosecution ... We will fight [the state] in every avenue, in every house and in each room.”
Since then, under preparation from Zuma’s long-time legal professional Michael Hulley, his defence team has tried each viable felony road to prevent him from being prosecuted.
Zuma is accused of receiving an annual bribe of R500,000 from French fingers supplier Thales for safety from an investigation into the debatable arms deal.
The alleged bribe changed into facilitated by means of Schabir Shaik, who become Zuma’s former economic adviser.
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