NPA raises security concerns as imprisoned Zuma refuses to consent to virtual 'special plea' hearing

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Former president Jacob Zuma
Former president Jacob Zuma
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The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has raised alarm about former president Jacob Zuma's latest bid for a corruption trial acquittal being heard in court, weeks after his imprisonment for contempt of court was followed by unrest that left hundreds of people dead and cost billions of rands in damage. 

The former President's lawyers have however told the Pietermaritzburg High Court that he refuses to consent to what they contend would be an "unconstitutional and illegal" virtual hearing of his special plea application.

While stating that the, "... security services have advised the NPA that if an in-person hearing were to take place on 10 August they will take all reasonable steps to ensure that it happens peacefully", State prosecutor Advocate Billy Downer added that they, "... have not given any assurance they will succeed". 

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