In a move that could delay the start of former president Jacob Zuma’s trial by another two years, his corruption co-accused, French arms company Thales, is preparing to challenge the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) decision to charge it with racketeering.

This could prove beneficial to Zuma, who insists that he wants to go on trial as soon as October this year, because it will attack the rationality of the most serious charge he faces — racketeering, which relates to the operation of an organised criminal enterprise.

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