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Zuma Rape Trial Postponed until Early March


The rape trial of South Africa's former deputy president Jacob Zuma has been postponed until March 6.

A judge, Ezra Goldstein, has agreed to a request by Zuma's defense attorneys to delay the trial because they needed more time to prepare.

The postponement comes one day after the original judge removed himself from the case.

Defense lawyers questioned whether Judge Bernard Ngoepe could be impartial because he issued search warrants against the defendant in a separate corruption case.

Judge Ngoepe agreed to step down to protect the judiciary's credibility.

Zuma is accused of assaulting a 31-year-old family friend at his home last November.

Once considered the likely successor to President Thabo Mbeki, Zuma was dismissed from his post last year after the corruption scandal became known.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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