A warrant of arrest has been issued for former President Jacob Zuma.

This follows his absence in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday morning.

The warrant will be effected if Zuma fails to appear in court on 6 May.

The former president is facing charges of corruption linked to the multi-billion rand arms deal.

Zuma’s lawyer, Daniel Mantsha, submitted a sick note from the military hospital where Zuma was treated but judge Pillay said it was inadmissible due to inconsistencies.

Mantsha argued that Zuma’s medical health was an issue of “national security” and that a sick note from the military hospital should suffice.

However, Pillay did not agree

Source : EWN