He told supporters assembled at the Pietermaritzburg High Court that he was convinced that no case against him would be proceeding by the end of the year.
The former president and his co-accused, Thales, a French arms manufacturer, have pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption, money laundering, and racketeering stemming from a 1990s arms transaction.
Following the hearing of President Jacob Zuma’s bid to remove lead prosecutor Advocate Billy Downer, the High Court has postponed the case until July 19, 2021.
“In order to put me in jail, he has performed various unlawful crimes. How can we respect them if the legal system does not respect us? »We want him out without a fight,” Zuma said.
“I don’t believe we’re prolonging this case. Why would I want to prolong the case?” Zuma stated, “We want to close this case as soon as possible before the end of the year.”
Former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo, suspended ANC general-secretary Ace Magashule, and MKMVA spokesperson Carl Neuhaus were in court to support Zuma, as were embattled Cabinet Minister Malusi Gigaba and KwaZulu Natal premier Sihle Zikalala.