- Former president Jacob Zuma is satisfied that none of the evidence heard by the State Capture Inquiry thus far implicates him in legal or moral wrongdoing
- In a letter to the commission, Zuma’s lawyer said none of the testimony which had been given proved his client had done anything wrong while serving as president
- The letter was in response to an earlier letter from the commission which notified Zuma that witness testimony might implicate him in state capture allegations
Former president Jacob Zuma is satisfied that none of the evidence heard by the State Capture Inquiry thus far implicates him in legal or moral wrongdoing. This is according to a letter which was sent to the commission by Zuma’s lawyer, Daniel Mantsha, at the end of August.
The letter was in response to an earlier letter from the commission in which it notified Zuma that certain upcoming witness testimony and evidence which was due to be heard could implicate Zuma in state capture allegations.
In his response, Mantshe said he was satisfied that no evidence or testimony delivered to the commission thus far had proven that his client had been involved in any criminal or morally questionable activities while he was serving as president of the country.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the commission had warned Zuma and his legal team that upcoming testimony by Mcebisi Jonas, Phumla Williams, Vytjie Mentor, Barbra Hogan and Themba Maseko could prove damaging to Zuma.
TimesLive.co.za reported that Mantshe sent his reply to the commission on 31 August. The letter states that Zuma was satisfied that testimony provided by the previously mentioned witnesses had not proven or implicated Zuma to be in breach or contravention of any laws and or government policies and or ethical and moral codes which may or may not be in effect.
The letter notes that Zuma’s legal team are unwilling to deliver any additional comments on the issue which has become known as state capture while the commission is still probing the matter.
Meanwhile, Zuma has thus far not applied to cross-examine any of the witnesses who have appeared at the commission. SowetanLive.co.za reported that his son, Duduzane, has applied to cross-examine certain witnesses.
Former public enterprises minister Lynne Brown has asked the commission’s permission to cross-examine Jonas. Zondo told Brown her request might only be properly considered if or when she becomes implicated in state capture allegations.
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