Former South African president Jacob Zuma fires lawyer as he fights going to jail

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Former South African president Jacob Zuma, who is facing a host of corruption allegations has fired Daniel Mantsha, his lawyer of two years.

He is now expected to be represented at trial by the Mabuza Attorneys, the JG Zuma Foundation said on Sunday.

"The JG Zuma Foundation announces that former president Jacob Zuma has decided to terminate the mandate of his attorney of record, Daniel Mantsha of Lugisani Mantsha Attorneys, with immediate effect," said the Foundation.

Mantsha had represented Zuma since 2018.

"During this period, he has worked very hard, with dedication to ensure that the defense team succeeds in its work. We would like to thank him for his efforts thus far and wish him well in his future endeavours," the Foundation said.

Zuma has decided to change his legal team and going ahead, he is expected to be represented by the Mabuza Attorneys. "Former president Zuma has unfortunately come to the conclusion that it is in his best interests to part ways with Mr Mantsha at this stage so that he can focus more on the preparation for the trial," the body added.

However, the former president has retained the services of top advocate Muzi Sikhakhane SC as the lead counsel in the matter and expressed his unreserved trust and confidence in him and his team of counselors.

"Zuma wants to dispel the many repeated and tired narrative as he prepares for the biggest trial of his life," the statement reads.


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