Former President Jacob Zuma is expected to take his permanent stay of prosecution case to the Supreme Court of Appeal.
This comes after the Pietermaritzburg High Court dismissed his appeal for the ruling to be aside.
Zuma’s legal team is expected to challenge this ruling at the Supreme Appeal Court.
The former President wanted the full bench of judges at the Pietermaritzburg High Court to overturn the previous ruling on the case.
The court had previously ruled that there is no merit for Zuma to be granted a free permanent stay of prosecution.
Zuma then challenged that ruling on the basis that the Supreme Court might have a different opinion.
However, the court dismissed his appeal with personal costs on Friday in yet another major blow for the former President.
Zuma wants to be declared from any corruption involved in the 1999 government’s procurement of the arms deal.
If the former President opts not to challenge this ruling, this thus means that his corruption trial will start next year.
Zuma is being charged with corruption, fraud and racketeering charges emanating from the arms deal saga.