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WATCH: Heavy police presence outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court

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Oct 26, 2021

A heavy police presence dominated the High Court in Pietermaritzburg precinct ahead of former President Jacob Zuma’s recusal application.

ZUMA WILL NOT BE PRESENT AT COURT ON TUESDAY

The National Prosecuting Authority’s Billy Downer will find out on Tuesday if he is allowed to prosecute Zuma.

The court is expected to rule on Zuma’s recusal application.

WATCH: Visuals outside the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, where judgement on Former president Jacob Zuma’s application to have state prosecutor Billy Downer removed from his corruption trial will be handed. -NM pic.twitter.com/uBVXhwHyy3

— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) October 26, 2021

This comes after Zuma claimed Downer is biased and does not have the title to prosecute him in his arms deal corruption case.

He also recently laid complaints against the prosecutor for allegedly leaking his health information.

The State has denied the allegations.

ALSO READ: Arms deal: Judgement expected in Zuma’s recusal application

Zuma’s foundation confirmed that he would not present at court on Tuesday, but did not give any specific reason for the decision.

It said in a statement on Twitter:

“Dear Media, Just so it’s clear. On the 26th October 21, Judge Koen will be handing down his judgment following the arguments of 21/22 September. So, the 26th October 21 is not a trial date but a judgment date. H.E Prez Zuma is not required to attend, he will send his attorney,”

Dear Media
Just so it’s clear. On the 26th October 21, Judge Koen will be handing down his judgment following the arguments of 21/22 September.
So, the 26th October 21 is not a trial date but a judgment date.
H.E Prez Zuma is not required to attend, he will send his attorney.

— JGZuma Foundation (Official) (@JGZ_Foundation) October 22, 2021

Zuma faces 16 charges of fraud, corruption, racketeering, and money-laundering related to the controversial multi-billion rand arms deal in the late 1990s.

It is alleged that he received 783 suspicious payments to the tune of R1.2 million from Thales, through his disgraced former financial advisor Shabir Shaik.

Zuma has denied the allegations and claims they are politically motivated.

ALSO READ: Arms deal trial: Jacob Zuma files plea for Downer recusal

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