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Former president Jacob Zuma was absent from a court hearing in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday due to claims of health problems.
The trial resumed following a ten-day period during which government appointed doctors assessed the former leader’s condition.
Zuma is currently facing corruption charges in connection to a $2.5 billion (€2.1 billion, £1.8 billion ) arms deal dating back to 1999, in a trail that has been on-going for four years.
According to Mzwanele Manyi, the spokesperson for the Jacob Zuma foundation, the former president is “still under medical observation” as doctors are set to “finally pronounce on his condition” as to whether “he will be fit or not” to attend upcoming hearings in person.
Manyi also noted that there were elements of “being racist” in the trail, “because when it’s white people that make certain pronouncements about their health, they are never questioned.”
“Derby Lewis (Clive Derby-Lewis), when he was out on medical parole, the DA (Democratic Alliance) and Afriforum never said anything. Agrizzi (Angelo Agrizzi), when he said he was sick, the NPA (National Prosecuting Authority) never wanted a second opinion,” explained Manyi
“What nonsense is this now when president Zuma is saying he’s not well, that there’s all elements of a second guessing?" questioned Manyi.
Zuma’s medical condition is being kept confidential for as part of the proceedings, although prosecutors have been critical of his non-attendance.
The former president has denied all charges for his involvement in an arms deal with French firm Thales.

SOT, Mzwanele Manyi, Jacob Zuma foundation spokesperson: "The matter was postponed to today. And the order of the court was very clear. Point one of the order was that the matter was postponed to today, open court, that’s why we are in an open court. The second point was that if a postponement is sought, then there must be a medical reports submitted, and if necessary, there could possibly be a doctor that could make an account of his medical condition. But today, the legal team of president Zuma did not seek any postponement, so there was no reason to be even delving into medical issues, at all."

SOT, Mzwanele Manyi, Jacob Zuma foundation spokesperson: “Yes, of course I’ve spoken to him [Jacob Zuma]. He is still under medical observation as has been explained, so we are waiting for the doctors to finally pronounce on his condition, of whether he will be fit or not, to come and be here physically."

SOT, Mzwanele Manyi, Jacob Zuma foundation spokesperson: "No, I think it’s just an opportunity decision, in fact it’s got elements of being racist, because when it’s white people that make certain pronouncements about their health, they are never questioned. Derby Lewis [Clive Derby-Lewis], when he was out on medical parole, the DA (Democratic Alliance) and Afriforum never said anything. Agrizzi [Angelo Agrizzi], when he said he was sick, the NPA (National Prosecuting Authority) never wanted a second opinion. What nonsense is this now when president Zuma is saying he’s not well, that there’s all elements of a second guessing?"

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