Former President Jacob Zuma’s fraud and corruption case has been adjourned until August 10 in the Pietermaritzburg High Court, SABC News reported.
The South African national broadcaster added that Zuma’s lawyers said his trial would jeopardize his right to a fair trial.
However, the National Prosecuting Authority reportedly rejected this as another tactic to delay the former president.
Zuma had to make a “special request” to be released without trial. His lawyers say he would like to give oral evidence as part of this request.
Zuma, whose imprisonment earlier this month caused unrest, was due to appear on Monday for a final hearing in a case involving corruption in arms trafficking.
While the security situation has been under control, there were fears that Zuma’s recent appearance could again lead to protests from his aid center.
Zuma has sentenced himself to 15 months in prison this month for failing to report corruption scandals over nine years in office until 2018 – a different case from the ongoing trial.
Following his imprisonment, protests erupted in his KwaZulu-Natal region, which escalated into looting, arson and violence, and spread to Gauteng. More than 200 people have been killed.
Zuma faces numerous charges of corruption, fraud, embezzlement and money laundering in a $ 2 billion arms deal involving the French company Thales (then known as Thomson-CSF), when Zuma was vice president.
Zuma and Thales have both denied the allegations.