Jacob Zuma’s lawyers accused the state on Tuesday of trying to “smuggle” his medical records relevant to his medical parole into court “via the back door”.
This after Zuma failed to appear in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday for his corruption trial and waived his rights to be present for the argument of his “special plea” to remove prosecutor Billy Downer. The court was told this was on the advice of his doctors in Gauteng who wanted him “to stay close” to them, as his condition is “still being monitored”.
The state labelled Zuma’s absence as “unlawful” and said this raised the issue of his medical condition. Advocate Wim Trengove, SC, told the court there is disagreement between the NPA’s medical experts and Zuma’s doctors.