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9th September 2021

By: Sane Dhlamini
Creamer Media Researcher and Writer

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For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Sane Dhlamini.

Making headlines: Zuma's corruption hearing pushed to Sept 21, surge in Covid-19 infections showing signs of a downward trend and, Arthur Fraser admits board did not approve medical parole for Zuma

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Zuma's corruption hearing pushed to Sept 21

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The Pietermaritzburg High Court has pushed back former president Jacob Zuma’s corruption trial to September 21 and 22.

The 12-day postponement was agreed between Zuma's lawyers and prosecutors and granted by Judge Piet Koen at the court.

It is the latest in a series of delays in the long-running case, in which 79-year-old Zuma faces multiple charges including corruption, racketeering and money laundering over the weapons contract over which he allegedly received kickbacks linked to the 1990s arms deal.

 

Surge in Covid-19 infections showing signs of a downward trend

Health experts says the surge in Covid-19 infections is showing signs of a sustained downward trend.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says the country recorded 7 338 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to over 2.8-million.

KwaZulu-Natal registered the most new cases at 1 923, followed by the Western Cape with 1 591 and the Eastern Cape with 1 251.

Acting NICD executive director Professor Adrian Puren said although the total number of cases recorded on Wednesday is higher than Tuesday’s and higher than the average number of new cases per day over the previous seven days, the number of new cases and positivity rate have decreased nationally compared to last week.

 

Arthur Fraser admits board did not approve medical parole for Zuma

The national commissioner of correctional services, Arthur Fraser, has admitted that the Medical Parole Advisory Board did not approve medical parole for former president Jacob Zuma.

He said the board  had actually indicated that Zuma was in a “stable condition". 

It was Zuma's medical team and correctional services that indicated he could no longer be kept at the facility because the type of medical care required could not be provided at correctional services.

Fraser said as head of the centre, it was his decision to release Zuma on medical parole based on the reports he had received.

 

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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