Former president Jacob Zuma will be back in court to face corruption charges next week, but he has missed a court deadline to explain why he believes he is legally entitled to state funding for his defence in that trial. Zuma was due to file an affidavit by June 18 responding to bids by the EFF and DA in the High Court in Pretoria to stop the previously unlimited state funding of his legal costs. A month after the deadline lapsed he has not done so, despite claiming that without state funding he lacks the means to defend himself in court. His failure to respond to the application has resulted in a delay in the case being heard and on Wednesday prompted the DA’s lawyers to demand an explanation from Zuma’s new attorney, Daniel Mantsha. Business Day tried, unsuccessfully, to get comment from Mantsha. Zuma, who must appear in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg on July 27, is facing 16 charges, involving 783 incidents of racketeering, corruption, money laundering and fraud. The charges ...

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