Thint, formerly known as Thales, will remain co-accused in the corruption case against former president Jacob Zuma.
Thint is accused of offering Zuma a R500 000-a-year bribe to protect it from any investigations linked to SA’s multibillion-rand arms deal. Zuma’s former financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, was convicted of facilitating the allegedly corrupt deal.
In 1997, Thales won an R2.6bn stake in South Africa’s R60bn arms acquisition programme to supply combat systems for four frigates procured by the SA Navy.
When appearing in court, Zuma sat in the dock alongside Thint representative Christine Guerrier, who is no longer needed to attend court proceedings even though the case against the company still stands.