- Duduzane Zuma said he is innocent on all charges of state capture levelled against him
- Former president Jacob Zuma’s son is being charged with corruption in a case related allegations that he tried to bribe former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas
- Zuma said he was aware of the upcoming commission of inquiry into state capture and said he might be willing to testify in that inquiry
Duduzane Zuma said he is innocent of all the Gupta-linked state capture allegations levelled against him. Zuma said he intended to plead not guilty in the upcoming trial.
Zuma appeared in the Johannesburg Specialised Crime Court on Monday, he was charged with corruption and he could face a second charge of conspiracy to commit corruption. Zuma was released on bail and surrendered his passport to authorities.
The charges against Zuma relate to an accusation that he facilitated a meeting between the Gupta brothers and former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas. During the meeting, Jonas was allegedly offered the position of finance minister and R600 million in an apparent bribery attempt.
Briefly.co.za gathered that in an affidavit submitted to the court Zuma said he was utterly aware of every single allegation which has been made against him with regards to state capture.
He also said he was aware of the upcoming commission of inquiry into state capture and said he would probably be willing to testify during that inquiry.
Zuma said he was confident that he would be found innocent of each and every allegation and charge with regards to state capture and his involvement with the Gupta family. He also noted that he did not want to live his life on the run and would rather deal with the allegations now.
Zuma asked the court not to confiscate his passport because he had left his ‘highly-pregnant’ wife in Dubai. According to his sworn testimony, she was unable to fly because of her advanced stage of pregnancy.
He arrived back in the country over the weekend to attend his brother's funeral service and was briefly detained at OR Tambo International before being allowed to go on his way.
EWN.co.za reported that Zuma eventually relented and surrendered his passport, he also told the court that he would be living at his Saxonwold, Johannesburg address for the duration of the legal process.
Zuma maintains that he had played no part in the alleged bribery attempt on Jonas and said at worst he would have been present at the meeting between Jonas and the Guptas.
Zuma confirmed he had met with Jonas on the date of the allegation, but he denied that the meeting had any nefarious agenda.
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