The KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg has dismissed former president Jacob Zuma’s appeal against its decision not to stay his corruption prosecution.
Zuma, who is facing numerous corruption charges, was meant to stand trial on October 15, but his lawyers appealed the decision.
Zuma has been facing a 1999 corruption saga over alleged kickbacks in a multi-billion-dollar arms deal. The deal, with French company Thales, was overseen by Zuma when he was vice president.
In 2007, Zuma was charged with 16 counts of racketeering, corruption, money laundering and fraud.
The charges relating to 783 payments in connection to Thales were dropped before he became president in 2009. In early 2018 the NPA served a fresh indictment, deciding Zuma must face trial. Zuma was forced to resign as president under intense pressure from his African National Congress (ANC) party.
Zuma’s trial is now expected to go ahead next year,however, Zuma could approach the Supreme Court of Appeal to stop his trial as next year intensifies.