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Former president Jacob Zuma will fight his last crucial court battle to stop his corruption prosecution in May 2019 — the same month mooted for national elections. It is unclear what effect this politically-charged trial will have on the ANC which is still recovering from a fractious leadership battle that saw President Cyril Ramaphosa emerge victorious over Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Zuma and his supporters in the governing party have always contended that he is a victim of political machinations in the ANC, and the timing of the trial could hurt it politically. Zuma’s defence team and the National Prosecuting Authority will on Friday set down deadlines for the former president’s permanent stay of prosecution application, in which his lawyers will argue for the case against him to be permanently dropped. The state has asked for about two months to respond to Zuma’s multiple allegations of wrongdoing against it — and to argue that his prosecution was not unduly delayed by actions or de...

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