Jacob Zuma trial: How Patricia de Lille could play a major role

Jacob Zuma's corruption trial is set to resume in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday, marking the first time this case will be heard after coronavirus arrived in South Africa. The 'arms deal' fiasco, which links Msholozi to an illicit deal brokered in the 90s, has plagued the former president for decades. And Patricia de Lille hasn't been far behind, either.

Patricia de Lille and the arms deal case


The current Minister of Public Works confirmed on Sunday that she was prepared to testify on behalf of the state, in what is likely to be seen as the first significant blow to Zuma's defence:



What Patricia de Lille could bring to the Jacob Zuma trial


Why is Patricia de Lille so heavily involved, we hear you ask? Well, she was the first politician to blow the whistle on Jacob Zuma, and during her previous term as an MP, she produced a document that showed evidence of bribery within the procurement processes. De Lille testified when JZ's business partner, Schabir Shaikh, was jailed for his role in the arms deal back in 2005.


The former Cape Town Mayor was able to produce the damning evidence that got one of the co-conspirators locked up, and a similarly crushing result could be on the cards for Jacob Zuma.

Jacob Zuma back in court


The court case is likely to face some more delays – but not necessarily at uBaba's request. The NPA is reportedly hoping to delay proceedings until 2021. Zuma, who maintains he is looking forward to clearing his name in a court of law, has complained that 'time is not on his side', and wants a speedy resolution.


Tuesday may also be a session of simple administration rather than one featuring show-stopping allegations. Factors such as a final date for the trial and the presiding judge are yet to be confirmed.