- Jacob Zuma will apply his mind before deciding whether to accept an invitation from the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture to take to the witness stand
- The former president has been invited by the commission to respond to various allegations levelled against him during public hearings
- Zuma’s lawyers told the commission that the former president supported the commission and wanted to participate in a meaningful way
Former president Jacob Zuma will apply his mind before deciding whether to accept an invitation by the Judicial Inquiry into State Capture to take the witness stand. The commission has invited Zuma to respond to various allegations levelled against him during public hearings.
Zuma’s legal team told the inquiry on Thursday that the former president stood by his previous statement in which he expressed support for the work the commission was doing and that Zuma wanted to participate in a meaningful way.
Zuma’s statement went on to say that the former president was currently consulting with his legal representatives about the matter and that he would inform his decision to the Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo in due course.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Zuma has decided not to apply to cross-examine any of the witnesses which have delivered testimony at the inquiry because he does not feel that he has been implicated in any wrongdoing.
Zondo has on several occasions indicated that he would like to see Zuma take the stand so the commission can hear his side of the saga.
News24.com reported that Zuma’s lawyer said it was unfortunate that the decision not to cross-examine witnesses had been manipulated to make it seem like Zuma was not cooperating with the inquiry.
The statement notes that Zuma has sent a member of his legal team to attend each session of the commission where witness testimony or alleged evidence of misconduct or wrongdoing has been heard.
Zuma has also complied with all legal requests and instructions issued by the commission.
Zondo said he had personally sent an invitation to Zuma’s legal team for the former president to, in the form of an affidavit respond to the testimony delivered by Vytjie Mentor.
Zondo said he was interested in hearing Zuma’s account of claims made by Mentor that he had been present at the Gupta home in Saxonwold, Johannesburg when she was offered the position of public enterprises minister in exchange for cancelling a specific SAA route to India.
On Wednesday, Zuma appeared to dis the work of the commission when he said there was no such thing as state capture and not one of the three branches of government had been captured.
Zuma said state capture had become a politically motivated tool and was nothing more than a politically decorated expression.
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