Former President Jacob Zuma’s fraud and corruption trial has been postponed to the 9th and 10th of September by the Pietermaritzburg High Court. Judge Piet Koen heard the application for the postponement virtually after the former President was hospitalised last week.

Zuma is currently serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court.

French Arms company Thales is a co-accused in the trial. The State and the defence have agreed that a medical report on the former President be submitted no later than August 20th.

The court also granted a request from the State’s Advocate Wim Trengove that the State appoint a medical doctor of their own to examine whether Zuma is indeed fit to stand trial.

“The parties have nominated the 9th of September as the next date. It might well be that for the sake of prudence we might put the date not just the 9th, but the 9th, 10th and 11th assuming that so that if the medical report is negative,  then we will obviously use only the 9 but if it is positive we will use those dates as provisional,” says Zuma’s attorney, Dali Mpofu.