The corruption case against former president Jacob Zuma has been certified ready for trial.

The Pietermaritzburg High Court heard that the trial will be start on 17 May 2021.

Former president Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales are in the Pietermaritzburg High Court today.

But the matter is not expected to go to trial yet.

The matter was last in court in December last year when it was postponed following an application by Thales to have the racketeering charges against it dropped.

Zuma and Thales face corruption, racketeering and money laundering charges linked to the multimillion rand arms deal.

An attempt by Thales to have charges of racketeering against it dropped failed after the Pietermaritzburg High Court dismissed its application with costs.

The French arms company has decided not to appeal the court’s decision.

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority has dismissed claims by the Jacob Zuma Foundation that it’s not ready to proceed with the trial.

The NPA said the state is ready for the matter to go to trial.

Both parties are expected to resolve outstanding pre-trial management issues today and agree on a trial date.