Former South African President Zuma does not show up for his corruption trial due to alleged health problems

Former South African President Zuma

The former president of South Africa Jacob Zuma (2009-2018) did not appear this Monday at the resumption of his trial for corruption, alleging health problems for which he had to be admitted to perform a series of tests.

Zuma has not gone to the KwaZulu-Natal High Court on Monday, in the city of Pietermaritzburg (east), where he is being judged for his alleged participation in a corruption scheme related to a millionaire arms purchase valued at 2,000 million Dollars.

As reported by the spokesman for the former president’s foundation, Mzwanele Manyi, Zuma has suffered a relapse of his health problems, for which the doctors have recommended that he be absent from his appointment with justice, reports the South African station News24.

While waiting for Zuma’s medical report to be made public, the South African Prosecutor’s Office has been denouncing throughout the process the alleged maneuvers of the former president to delay the process of a case that dates back to the 1990s.

On Sunday, Zuma’s defense filed a complaint against the main prosecutor in the case, Billy Downer, for alleged bias during the process. A strategy that was of no use to him last month, when the Supreme Court dismissed his efforts to remove him from the judicial process.