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Former South African President Jacob Zuma. Photo by Themba Hadebe / POOL / AFP

Just in: State asks court to issue arrest warrant for Jacob Zuma

The prosecution in the Jacob Zuma corruption case has run out of patience with the former president – the state is now calling for Msholozi’s arrest.

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Former South African President Jacob Zuma. Photo by Themba Hadebe / POOL / AFP

Oh boy. It turns out, Jacob Zuma doesn’t have to be at his corruption trial for things to get heated. State prosecutor Billy Downer has reached the end of his tether with the 77-year-old, and told the Pietermaritzburg High Court he wants to apply for an arrest warrant against the former president.

State ask for Jacob Zuma to be arrested

According to Downer, Msholozi is committing a felony by dodging the proceedings. It’s the third major legal event he’s missed in the last four months by citing illness, after he allegedly failed to supply proof of his ailments to the court beforehand. His mystery sickness has also kept him away from the State Capture Inquiry.

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However, Advocate Dan Mantsha is leading the fightback on behalf of Jacob Zuma. The defence lawyer has struck back at the NPA and the state, who are now heavily pursuing the route of detention to get Zuma in the dock. Mantsha has since produced medical certificates from the Military Hospital where Zuma receives treatment.

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The debate over whether the court can issue an arrest warrant in this case continues on Tuesday morning. It marks one of the most dramatic moments in the ex-leader’s corruption trial, which began almost two years ago. A series of delays, postponements and legal spanners in the works of justice have seen these hearings progress at a snail’s pace. All of a sudden, things have shifted into fifth gear.

The NPA have asked the court to suspend any potential arrest for 14 days, giving the defendant two weeks to prove he’s telling the truth. If the NPA is satisfied with the evidence regarding Jacob Zuma’s medical condition during this period, they will not execute the warrant. Mantsha, meanwhile, has blasted the application for “bringing the court into disrepute”.

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