POLITICS THIS WEEK: Jacob Zuma and the Arms Deal, and the latest govt update on looting, unrest

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Former president Jacob Zuma.
Former president Jacob Zuma.
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  • The court is expected to hear an application by Jacob Zuma as to why he should be acquitted in the Arms Deal corruption case - without standing trial.
  • Zuma's move is part of a last-minute application for his trial to be postponed.
  • The government will update the country on progress in relation to the recent unrest.


The government is expected to provide an update on the aftermath of the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni assured the country that she would be giving updates on the progress made in ensuring that those behind the unrest were brought to book.

Ntshavheni is, this week, expected to announce the death toll and the number of arrests made since Friday.

Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal were worst affected by the looting and riots.

Police confirmed that four people, alleged to be instigators behind the unrest, had been apprehended.

They are expected to appear in court on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Pietermaritzburg High Court is expected to hear an application by incarcerated former president Jacob Zuma.

His legal team revealed that Zuma wants to testify as to why he should be acquitted in the Arms Deal corruption case - without standing trial. 

Zuma's move is part of his last-minute application for the trial to be postponed.

On Sunday, News24 reported that Zuma's attorney, Bethuel Thusini, had filed an application for the postponement of Zuma's trial.

The Pietermaritzburg High Court had given the go-ahead for Zuma's application be heard virtually on Monday.

The former president is fighting to be acquitted in the Arms Deal case, based on his so-called special plea that the entire NPA is unable to prosecute him because of its alleged bias and lack of independence.

Zuma previously stated that, should the court not adhere to his complaint in response to the fair trial abuses, then he would not cooperate.

The former head of state is currently serving a 15-month jail sentence at the Estcourt Correctional Services Centre in KwaZulu-Natal for contempt of court, after failing to appear before the Zondo Commission.

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