Former South African President Jacob Zuma’s lawyers are stepping down from their defense a month after his corruption trial

Former South African President Jacob Zuma’s attorneys have announced that they will no longer represent him without giving any reason less than a month after starting a corruption trial against the former President.

Zuma’s legal team has filed a notice of revocation with a court in KwaZulu-Natal. “Please note that the Mabuza law firm is withdrawing the lawyers for Defendant Number 1,” the text emphasizes.

Eric Mabuza’s law firm was shut down in April 2020 after the former president fired Daniel Mantsha, who had been his legal representative since 2018, according to South African newspaper News24.

Former South African President Jacob Zuma’s lawyers are stepping down from their defense a month after his corruption trial
Former South African President Jacob Zuma’s lawyers are stepping down from their defense a month after his corruption trial

The decision comes a week after the court dismissed an appeal in an attempt to avoid paying the legal costs of the lawsuit against him, which leaves Zuma to pay 25 million rand.

Zuma faces 16 corruption allegations, including fraud and money laundering, in a weapon purchase worth nearly $ 2 billion.

The charges against Zuma were brought a decade ago, but dropped by South African prosecutors shortly before he ran for president in 2009. After Zuma’s election, his opponents led a protracted legal battle to reinstate the charges, which they succeeded in 2016.

The former president was replaced as head of state in February 2018 by Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa, who assured that the fight against corruption in the country is a priority in order to attract foreign investment and activate the country’s economy.

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