South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority has raised alarm about former president Jacob Zuma’s latest bid for a corruption trial acquittal being heard in court, weeks after his imprisonment for contempt of court was followed by unrest that left hundreds of people dead and cost billions of rands in damage. News24 reports that the former President’s lawyers have told the Pietermaritzburg High Court that he refuses to consent to what they contend would be an “unconstitutional and illegal” virtual hearing of his special plea application. Meanwhile there have already been reports of Zuma supporters being mobilised on social media to gather in their numbers in Pietermaritzburg on 10 August.