Following yet another postponement in court proceedings, the family of scandal-plagued former President Jacob Zuma has urged with the courts to "let the old man rest." We simply cannot wait until all of these instances have been resolved. We are wiped out completely. The man is worn out. These cases never come to a conclusion. Let him relax. When will it end?" Joseph, Zuma's brother, made this statement.
On Tuesday, the former head of state's corruption trial was postponed to a holding date of August 1 before the Pietermaritzburg high court. Visiting the time, the 80-year-old former head of state was at his rural residence near Nkandla called KwaDakwadunuse. Joseph said to TimesLIVE that when he saw Zuma the previous Friday, the latter appeared to be "in excellent spirits." He was conversing with two women who were members of the Zion church and had brought prayers with them.
Khanya, a senior member of the Zuma family, expressed his contentment with the fact that the former president's health has improved. "He hasn't been feeling well as of late, but the doctor makes regular visits to see him here [in Nkandla]. When the predicament becomes intolerably dire, he is sent to a hospital for treatment. He is doing well at this point.
"Zuma is brave. He does not leave his house but instead attends to the many visitors that often stop by. Because he is constantly going out and talking to new people, there are occasions when we are unable to catch up with him. Mzwanele Manyi, a spokesperson for the foundation named after Jacob G. Zuma, stated that it was not necessary for Zuma to personally present in court on Tuesday.
"[Judge Piet] Koen stated that today is a date that is important for administrative purposes. It is not necessary for him to be there. Even on the first of August, Koen has made an exception for him. If all goes according to Koen's plan, the court case won't be started until the 15th of August. The manner in which the subject of lead prosecutor advocate Billy Downer was handled by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) was criticized by Manyi.
"The foundation is particularly troubled by the Stalingrad tactics that the NPA has been employing. On April 8, they decided that they will not be prosecuting Downer for their actions. What is required of them is a certificate certifying their position, and once we have that document, we will be able to initiate the private prosecution.
They keep asserting that Downer is free of contaminants. It's fine, they may say whatever they want, but they have to hand up the certificate before we can move on to the next step in our process. What is occurring is that his so-called "clean" is being manufactured in an artificial manner. This constitutes an improper use of state resources in order to uphold particular narratives.
"If [national director of public prosecutions Shamila] Batohi and her people were honest and truthful about the whole matter, they have come to the conclusion that they will not be prosecuting, and they should provide the certificate. Why is it necessary to make it so difficult?
Manyi responded, "I don't have the account, so I do not know the details as to where it is," when asked about the crowdfunding initiative that was established at the end of August 2021 to assist Zuma in paying for his mounting legal woes. "I don't have the account, so I do not know the details as to where it is." Manyi urged the people of South Africa to maintain their financial contributions to Zuma's campaign.
In September of 2021, the sister publication of SowetanLIVE, TimesLIVE, reported that the account in question did not belong to the foundation but rather to Zuma. In August, it was reported that Zuma's mounting legal fees would require "millions" to pay for them.
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