Jacob Zuma's lawyers say he doesn't have money to finance trial

Judgment in the Jacob Zuma application for permanent stay of prosecution has been reserved in the Pietermaritzburg High Court in Pietermaritzburg.

The former president has bee trying to quash 783 counts of fraud, corruption and against him, related to the multi-billion rand arms deal.

Speaking to Joanne Joseph on the Afternoon Drive, Eyewitness News reporter Clement Manyathela says new evidence was presented in court on Friday.

READ: Jacob Zuma can't prove that his prosecution was politically motivated, says NPA

It is a letter that was written by former NPA boss Shaun Abrahams to the hawks asking them to investigate the involvement of former justice minister PenuellMaduna.

Clement Manyathela, Reporter - EWN

Jacob Zuma's lawyers wanted to use this letter to prove that there was political interference.

Clement Manyathela, Reporter - EWN

READ: Analyst explains link between Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales

Manyathela says Zuma told supporters outside court that he could not afford to pay the legal fees for his ongoing trial.

The former president's finances were also discussed in court.

They (Zuma's lawyers) went on to say he doesn't have the money to actually finance this trial.

Clement Manyathela, Reporter - EWN

The state countered that and said Zuma tried every trick in the book to avoid his day in court.

Clement Manyathela, Reporter - EWN

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