Jacob Zuma’s doctors miss deadline for submitting medical report, NPA rejects reasons

  • The National Prosecuting Authority says doctors for former President Jacob Zuma missed the deadline set by the High Court in Pietermaritzburg
  • Zuma’s doctors have been ordered to submit his full medical report to the High Court by August 20 and have requested an extension
  • NPA says he doesn’t think reasons Zuma’s medics give for extension are adequate

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PIETERMARITZBURG – Doctors in charge of the care of former President Jacob Zuma have passed the August 20 deadline to submit an assessment report on his state of health to the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, as previously requested by Judge Piet Koen .

According to News24, Zuma’s doctors requested the delivery of his medical report on August 27 for undisclosed reasons.

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Mthunzi Mhaga, spokesperson for the National Prosecution Authority, said the NPA does not accept the reasons given for the delay. Mhanga also added that such an extension request would have to be heard by the court and the court would decide whether an extension is warranted.

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Former President Jacob Zuma’s doctors have passed the deadline to submit his full medical report to the High Court in Pietermaritzburg. Images: Nic Bothma and Marco Longari
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Zuma’s legal representative, lawyer Dali Mpofu previously submitted a letter from a doctor to the High Court explaining that Zuma was unable to attend his trial for bribery in connection with arms trafficking that was due to take place on August 12 due to his discomfort, reports the Courier and tutor.

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His doctor further said Zuma’s life was in imminent danger and that he needed at least six months of treatment for an injury he sustained at least a year ago.

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Mpofu told the court that depending on the result of Zuma’s full medical report, Zuma’s team may request a longer postponement of his arms sale trial if he is not fit to stand trial in the near future.

Jacob Zuma’s legal team has 10 days to provide a full medical report

Brief News previously reported that the Pietermaritzburg High Court gave former President Jacob Zuma’s legal team until August 20 to provide the court with Zuma’s medical report.

It comes after Zuma’s legal team presented a letter to the court from Zuma’s doctor that stated that Zuma was suffering from an illness that would need at least six months to be treated, according to the Sunday opening hours.

Zuma’s attorney, Dali Mpofu, said the letter presented to the court was sufficient information for the court to postpone Zuma’s corruption trial to a later date.

However, State Prosecutor Wim Trengove argued that the doctor’s letter did not highlight Zuma’s state of health. Trengove also pointed out how strange it was that Zuma needed medical treatment for an illness he had known about for a year, according to a report from EWN.

Source: Briefly.co.za


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