According to the Daily Sun, lawyers representing former President Jacob Zuma have withdrawn from representing him.

In a letter sent to the High Court in Pietermaritzburg in KZN yesterday his legal representative Eric Mabuza said they will no longer represent Zuma.

This comes exactly 3 weeks before the start of his fraud, money laundering and corruption trial set for 17 May 2021.

It is alleged that the former head of state received an annual bribe of R500 000 from a French arms dealer for protection against an illegal arms deal in the 1990s.


The alleged bribe is said to have been facilitated by his former financial advisor. Mabuza attorneys did not give reasons for their decision to withdraw their services.

The withdrawal also happened a week after the Supreme Court ruled that Zuma must pay for his corruption trial legal costs. He was ordered to pay R25 million in legal fees.

Zuma is also awaiting sentence from the Constitutional Court for contempt of the court. The former President has been ordered to comply with the Zondo Commission.