Former South African president Jacob Zuma skipped his graft trial on Tuesday on the grounds of needing medical treatment. The court responded by issuing an arrest warrant. Soraya Ali reports.

A South African court has issued an arrest warrant for the country’s former president Jacob Zuma on Tuesday (February 4), after he skipped court on the grounds of needing medical treatment.

That warrant will kick in if Zuma, who faces 18 charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering, fails to appear when the trial resumes on May 6.

Zuma’s lawyer Dan Mantsha presented the court with a sick note from what he said was a military hospital but judge Dhaya Pillay questioned if it was valid.

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