Former president Jacob Zuma, who has managed to delay facing trial over the 1990s arms deal for more than a decade, will not be going to jail anytime soon despite a warrant for his arrest issued on Tuesday.

Judge Dhayanithie Pillay ordered the arrest after the former president, who has also faced accusations by witnesses at the Zondo commission that he was at the centre of a state-capture project that led to the looting of state resources and a decade of lacklustre economic growth, failed to arrive for a scheduled hearing.

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