A South-Africa court on Tuesday granted Jacob Zuma his request to postpone long-running corruption trial.
The former president had on Monday through his lawyers applied to have the case postponed by up to three weeks because of the unrest and Covid-19 pandemic to allow time for the trial to resume physically.
The trial is adjourned to August.
Meanwhile, his foundation lauding the decision tweeted “The Constitution has prevailed at last. There can be NO virtual criminal proceedings in the absence of an accused person who is unable to consult with his lawyers.”
Zuma’s jailing this month for contempt of court triggered violent protests and looting, initially in his home, province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) but later also in Gauteng, home to the country’s biggest city, Johannesburg.
The 79-year-old man faces 16 charges of fraud, graft and racketeering.