Former president Jacob Zuma may soon be making his debut at the state capture inquiry, according to Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. Zuma's nonchalant attitude towards the commission will not save him from being compelled to present evidence and undergo cross-examination.
Despite his dismissive attitude towards the inquiry, ex-president Jacob Zuma may be forced to testify before the Zondo Commission.
This news comes from Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who chairs the commission:
“He [Zuma] may feel that he has not been implicated and therefore there is no need for him to appear before the commission. But we at the commission we are entitled to form our own view after looking at all the evidence that has been given and is still to be given… to determine whether it is necessary for him to give evidence and to answer questions."
According to BusinessLive, Zondo says the levels of corruption in the country had reached 'unacceptable proportions' and urged those to help bring those responsible to book by submitting evidence to the commission.
The chair says he understands the reluctance of officials to come forward and present their evidence for fear of losing their jobs or worse.
Zondo also said that the commission had been perturbed at the arrest of BOSASA COO, Angelo Agrizzi, after he had volunteered evidence at the inquiry while those implicated in corruption remained untouched:
“I was very concerned about those arrests. The timing was completely unacceptable… it is true that some people may be deterred [to come forward to the commission to give evidence] when they see something like this. But the timing was very suspicious."
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