Jacob Zuma asks NPA to postpone next court appearance

Former President Jacob Zuma on Thursday. Image Credits: GCIS

Former president Jacob Zuma’s lawyers have written the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to ask to postpone his appearance in court next week.

His lawyer, Michael Hulley, said they had written to the NPA asking for the postponement pending the outcomes of the review application Zuma was set to lodge, and the application brought by the DA regarding his legal fees.

The review application will not be lodged before the court appearance.

 “We would like the review to take its course … if he is successful, then — in exactly what happened last time — the charges will be withdrawn; if not, then we will have to look at whether there are any further avenues Mr Zuma would want to pursue as in the permanent stay application or whether we get on with the trial,” he said.

Hulley said Zuma also needed to know whether he would be responsible for his own legal fees or whether the state would continue to fund this.

The NPA has not responded to the letter yet, he said.

Last week, the DA said it wanted the High Court in Pretoria to order that Zuma pay back to the Treasury any money that the state had paid towards his personal legal costs, in relation to the corruption charges he faces.

The EFF is also expected to lodge an application to have Zuma repay the money.

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