On Wednesday, a confirmation from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) was given saying that it received correspondence from former President Jacob Zuma’s lawyers – Mabuza Attorneys – revealing they had withdrawn their services to represent him in his upcoming corruption trial.

Zuma is charged with corruption in connection with the arms deal. The NPA said only Mabuza Attorneys were allowed to confirm the contents of the correspondence sent to the authority on Wednesday.

It has been reported, however, that Mabuza Attorneys gave its notice to the Pietermaritzburg High Court showing that they were dropping Zuma.

The former president faces corruption, fraud and money laundering charges for allegedly pocketing bribes in return for “political protection” to French arms company Thales.

The case is expected to sit in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on 17 May. In a statement, the NPA said that the State remained ready to proceed with the trial, which had faced many delays in the past.

The Supreme Court of Appeal recently, turned down his appeal of a personal cost order for the trial. Zuma wanted the court to come to a different decision about him being stripped of state-funded fees for his fraud and corruption trial.

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