Durban - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed on Friday night that there was a "delay" in finalising the state's answering papers in the stay of prosecution applications brought by former president Jacob Zuma and arms company Thales.
Zuma, accused number one, is facing one count of racketeering, two counts of corruption, one count of money laundering and 12 counts of fraud for allegedly receiving bribe money from Thales via his former financial adviser, Schabir Shaik. The case relates to the country’s contentious arms deal, in which Thales secured a multi-billion rand contract to supply combat systems for the South African navy.
Thales, accused number two, is facing one count of racketeering; two counts of corruption and one count of money laundering.
In a statement emailed just before 10pm on Friday night, NPA KwaZulu-Natal spokesperson, Natasha Kara, said: "On 21 February 2019 the State Attorney, representing the NPA, wrote to the attorneys for Mr Zuma and Thales requesting their consent to an extension of the date for filing to Monday 11 March, due, inter alia, to the voluminous nature of the papers filed by Mr Zuma’s legal team."
Kara said the request was made on the basis that it would be "agreeable" that the dates for the filing of their client’s replying papers and heads of argument be extended to 12 April and 30 April 2019 respectively.