De Lille tipped to be first witness in arms deal trial against Zuma and Thales

The National Prosecuting Authority says it has done all the necessary preparations and 217 witnesses are ready to testify.

2021-05-17 08:02:00 AM

The National Prosecuting Authority says it has done all the necessary preparations and 217 witnesses are ready to testify.

The National Prosecuting Authority says it has done all the necessary preparations and 217 witnesses are ready to testify.

17 May 2021 - 06:46Current public works minister and arms deal whistleblower Patricia de Lille will be the first witness to be called to testify in the trial against former president Jacob Zuma and French arms deal manufacturer Thales on Monday. File photo.

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Image:Sunday TimesThefirst witness set to be called to the stand on Monday in the trial against former president Jacob Zuma and French arms manufacturer Thales is current public works minister Patricia de Lille.The case is being heard in the Pietermaritzburg high court in KwaZulu-Natal.

“This is a clear demonstration that it is all systems go for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) as the state is ready to proceed with the trial,” said the NPA’s Sipho Ngwema.“The NPA has done all the necessary preparations and all 217 of our witnesses are ready to testify. headtopics.com

“We have no doubt this is the moment the accused in this matter have always been looking forward to and are certain the accused will take this with both hands so they can account for what happened before a fair and transparent process,” he said. Read more: Times LIVE »

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Serite commission doc still stand or ... the NPA will not rely on it? Until innocent guilty 😭😂😂 Let me guess, 217 witnesses, that's 217 business days, which might take the whole year with. This trial is still to take a year after it dragged this long? I swear by the time the 20th witness is on the stand a lot of SA citizens would have long lost interest in this trial.

Why didn't the trial go ahead today? Leggooo.... She then stole border fence money Let's hope they're all safe and protected 217 hearsay serious all this people don't hv evidence Too many witnesses. They will nd up contradicting each other. Do you know that with just R4000 you can make up to R20000 weekly without sending your money to anyone. But you’re to send back 10% to me as commission after getting your profits. Message on WhatsApp for more info +27 73 737 7618

This person who started Zuma's case work for government of same ANC 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Cyril started this long time ago & this was a former unionists

Those 217 witnesses are out of pocket 😂 If application for recusal is refused Zuma may decide to move an application to review that refusal citing Zuma has all the rights enshrined to him & others 217 witnesses ? Someone will either die before the trial is completed or live to be convicted. Whichever comes first will be good for this country.

Two hundred & what witnesses? What a drag! The state is really determined to make Zuma's life in court a daily thing. We have been hearing that song for decades. This is for media headlines! 217 paid actors 😂 'I want my day in court'