Warrant of arrest issued for former president Jacob Zuma

Former president Jacob Zuma. File photo.

A warrant of arrest has been issued for former president Jacob Zuma until his next court date.

Judge Dhaya Pillay said the warrant is stayed until May 6 when the criminal proceedings against Zuma is expected to go back to court.

Zuma failed to appear in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday citing a medical condition for his absence.

However the National Prosecuting Authority requested that the court issue as warrant of arrest as Zuma did not furnish proper medical evidence so they could “form a position” relating to his absence.

Zuma’s lawyer Daniel Mantsha submitted a sick note from the military hospital where Zuma was treated however Pillay said it was inadmissible due to inconsistencies.

Mantsha argued that Zuma’s medical health was an issue of “national security” and that a sick note from the military hospital should suffice.

However, Pillay did not agree.

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