FILE PHOTO: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma announces his resignation at the Union Buildings in Pretoria
FILE PHOTO: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma announces his resignation at the Union Buildings in Pretoria

Over 200 witnesses lined up for Zuma corruption trial

By KAILENE PILLAY Time of article published Mar 31, 2018

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DURBAN - More than 200 witnesses have been named in the State’s case against former president Jacob Zuma as he faces charges of money-laundering, corruption and racketeering.  He will appear in the Durban High Court on April 6.

The state narrowed down their list of witnesses to 207, but it is likely that not every witness would be called to the stand.  The witness list includes many people from KwaZulu-Natal, arms deal critics, former Sars employees, auditors and councillors.

Others expected to testify are being brought into the country from the UK, Australia and New Zealand.  One of the KZN-based witnesses, Lynette Brink, said that although her name was on the list, she doubted that she would be called to testify.

“I worked at the school his children attended and now those children are married with kids and I am retired. I didn’t play such a big role in evidence, so I doubt I will be called this time either,” she said.

Brink said she had also been named as a witness during Schabir Shaik’s trial, but at that time the Scorpions had told her that she might not be called to testify.

“In any case, I have not even received any official communication that I am a witness in this case as yet,” Brink said.

Former KZN DA leader Roger Burrows was also on the list.  He said he had received a call three months ago “just to check if I am still alive and living in South Africa”.

“Beyond that call, I have not received any other communication,” he said.

Former KZN DA leader Roger Burrows amongst the witnesses.

Burrows said he was prepared to testify and he still had all the documents and affidavits he made during the initial charges against Zuma.

“If I am called, I will just go through all that I have to refresh my memory. As you know, with this being such a high-profile case, you can never be too prepared,” Burrows said.

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille  told Independent Media a week ago that she was going to testify in the trial.  She said she had been called by the National Prosecuting Authority about three months ago and asked whether she was available to testify.  She said she had told the NPA that she was more than ready to give evidence.

De Lille blew the whistle on corruption in the arms deal in Parliament in September 1999, accusing Zuma of being implicated in corrupt dealings in the arms procurement.

She said she had been waiting for almost two decades for Zuma’s day in court.


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