(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 12, 2015 South African president, Jacob Zuma, arrives for the formal opening of parliament in Cape Town. South Africa's ruling ANC party resolved on February 13 to oust scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma from office after he refused to resign, local media reported following marathon closed-door talks. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / NIC BOTHMANIC BOTHMA/AFP/Getty Images

Former President Jacob Zuma is demanding the National Prosecuting Authority boss Shamila Batohi to remove Advocate Billy Downer ahead of the arms deal trial.

Zuma’s criminal trial is set for the 11th of April 2022 at the Pietmaritzburg High Court.

Jacob Zuma is being accused of receiving more than 790 payments, accumulating R4.1 million in the late 90s and early 2000s.

The bribes were to help Thales, a French arms deal company to secure lucrative contracts from the government. Zuma now faces, fraud, money laundering and corruption charges.


The Jacob Zuma Foundation has released a statement via their social media page.

In the statement the foundation said the investigating officer will be talking to Zuma later today regarding criminal charges he laid against NPA’s Advocate Billy Downer.