ANALYSIS | Stalingrad 2.0: Zuma plans second corruption trial appeal bid, even before ruling on the first

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Former president Jacob Zuma
Former president Jacob Zuma
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Pietermaritzburg High Court Judge Piet Koen hasn't ruled on Jacob Zuma's bid to challenge the dismissal of his latest attack on his corruption prosecution, but the former president is already preparing a second appeal application - just in case.

Zuma's trial for Arms Deal-related corruption is scheduled to start on 11 April, but his announcement that he intended to pursue multiple legal challenges to the National Prosecuting Authority's and particularly prosecutor Billy Downer's right to prosecute him, would suggest that the former president was not willing to finally face the evidence against him.

Koen made it clear in his dismissal of Zuma's "special plea" application in October last year that the former president's allegations of prosecutorial abuses and fair trial rights could best be dealt with during his actual criminal trial.

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