Zuma co-accused Thales heads to ConCourt over corruption charges

05 November 2019 - 16:33
By Nomahlubi Jordaan
Former president Jacob Zuma and his co-accused, French arms maker Thales, have both launched new attempts to avoid standing trial for corruption.
Image: Jackie Clausen Former president Jacob Zuma and his co-accused, French arms maker Thales, have both launched new attempts to avoid standing trial for corruption.

French arms manufacturer Thales has approached the Constitutional Court to apply for leave to appeal against the reinstatement of corruption charges against the company.

The company is accused of bribing former president Jacob Zuma two decades ago, when he was deputy president.

"Thales confirms that on November 1 2019 it applied to the Constitutional Court of South Africa for leave to appeal the high court’s decision which dismissed its challenge to the lawfulness of the decision to reinstate charges against it, together with ancillary relief, handed down on October 11 2015," the company said in a statement released on Tuesday.

Thales is accused of agreeing to pay Zuma an annual R500,000 bribe for protection from an investigation into the controversial multibillion-rand arms deal. The alleged bribe was facilitated by Zuma's former financial adviser‚ Schabir Shaik.

Meanwhile, Zuma is also appealing a high court decision to try him for corruption. Zuma and Thales' application for a permanent stay of prosecution was dismissed.