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Former President Jacob Zuma
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Former President Jacob Zuma

27th May 2022

By: Reuters

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Former President Jacob Zuma has suffered another setback in his attempts to remove the lead prosecutor from his arms deal corruption trial, as a top judge dismissed his latest petition in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).

Zuma, ousted in 2018 after nine years in power, accuses the prosecutor of bias against him.

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He has pleaded not guilty to charges including corruption, money laundering and racketeering in the long-running case over the $2-billion arms deal in the 1990s.

Zuma had asked the SCA's president, Justice Mandisa Maya, to reconsider an earlier ruling by two SCA judges and allow him to appeal a High Court decision not to take the lead prosecutor off the case.

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But the judiciary said in a statement on Thursday that Maya had "issued an order disposing of the application".

The spokesperson of the Jacob Zuma Foundation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Zuma's corruption trial has been repeatedly delayed. This month proceedings were adjourned until a holding date in August to give the SCA president time to make her decision.

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