Zuma's lawyers have attempted to place Nelson Mandela, who was president when the arms sale negotiations began in 1997, and his deputy, Thabo Mbeki, at the heart of the agreement. According to Zuma, it was the ANC, Mandela, and Mbeki who benefited, not him.
In a series of leaked letters, Zuma's legal team, B.M Thusini Inc, asked the ANC, as well as the Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki foundations, for financial statistics and other information relating to the 1997-2000 arms transaction.
According to the lawyers, this would demonstrate that Zuma did not profit from the multibillion-rand fingers deal.
According to them, Zuma was appointed MEC for Economic Development in KZN at the time.
However, they failed to mention that Zuma was also the nationwide ANC chairperson throughout this time.
Zuma noted in the letter addressed to Mandela's foundation that it is not his intention to drag the late icon's name into the arms deal scandal.
But, as he struggles to stay out of prison, he says it's become unavoidable.
Zuma is facing charges stemming from alleged payments he took from French arms firm Thales, formerly Thompson CFS, in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
He claimed he was not at fault.
Zuma's ally-turned-enemy, controversial businessman Schabir Shaik, was found guilty of corruption in connection with the palms transaction.
Regardless, Zuma stated that Shaik's detention did not imply that he was now guilty for any crime.
Because he recently underwent surgery at a military clinic in KZN, it's unclear whether he'll be able to attend court on September 9th. His foundation claims he's due a greater remedy.
His JG Zuma base threatened earlier week month that Zuma will divulge the regulations and distinguish companies that received payments from corporations involved in the fingers deal.
The ANC responded to Zuma's lawyers by claiming that all papers dating back to 2005 were destroyed after the building site where they were saved was flooded.
The birthday party further stated that it lacked certified financial accounts for the years 1997 to 2000.
The deal's players were no longer the most skilled South Africans. Some of the people involved had their reputations permanently tainted as a result of the hands deal or events that came from it - former president Thabo Mbeki, for example, may be remembered for his role in letting the sale to happen, as well as for refusing to enable probes into it.
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