Publication: The Mercury
Reporter: Tania Broughton
So, Who will be the Judge for The Big Trial?
a (wink) as good as a nod? If the answer is yes, then
the person who walks into the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday to preside
over the trial of Jacob Zuma will be Judge Herbert Msimang
KZN Judge President Vuka Tshabalala is the man tasked with
selecting the judge and probably the only one who knows who that person is,
apart from the person himself.
But Tshabalala is still not saying
anything on the matter. Approached informally by The Mercury, he took the gentle
probing in his stride, even when confronted with the fact
that the Zuma court file, usually available to the public in the
Registrar's office prior to trials, was already with
Smiling, he said the reporter was completely on the wrong track.
And then he gave
a big wink.
But sources close to the judge
cautioned that "the wink shouldn't be taken too seriously".
to the trial said there was a new rumour that a judge other than Msimang might
hear the state's expected application for postponement.
The truth behind
the wink will be revealed on Monday.
With acknowledgement to Tania
Broughton and The Mercury.
*1 A relative of Mendi Msimang,
Treasurer-General of the ANC, who was also having secret meetings with Alain
Thetard of Thomson-CSF prior to the award of the corvette combat suite contract
in early 1999.
It is also indicated that a certain attorney, one Sven
Hansen of Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany, acting on behalf of Thyssen
Marine, met a certain high-level ANC courier in Geneva, Switzerland in order to
hand over DM30 million cash in lobbying fees, or a secret access code for a
Swiss bank account containing the same amount of money for the same
*2 If the reporter was completely on the
wrong track and if it is a fact that the Zuma court file was already with Judge
Msimang, then what is Judge Msimang doing with the court file?