The state is ready, but will Zuma’s cash crunch stall the case?
The former president is expected to launch an appeal – but for a different reason this time
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed it is ready to proceed with the corruption trial of former president Jacob Zuma. But he is almost certain to seek to appeal the dismissal of his permanent stay of that prosecution, partly because he cannot afford to go on trial.
The previously unfettered state funding of Zuma’s legal defence costs enabled him to launch multiple legal challenges to the prosecution against him, which he has repeatedly slammed as politically motivated and a violation of his rights to a fair trial.
Now with that funding having been cut by the Pretoria High Court last year, Zuma is likely to resort to an appeal. This not simply because he believes the Pietermaritzburg High Court got it wrong in wholly dismissing his political conspiracy arguments, but because fighting an appeal would be considerably less expensive than going on trial...