Explainer: How Jacob Zuma was implicated in the Zondo inquiry

Explainer: How Jacob Zuma was implicated in the Zondo inquiry

Just over two weeks ago, former president Jacob Zuma proclaimed his innocence during his time at the helm of South Africa. Briefly.co.za takes a look at the ways Zuma has been implicated in the commission of inquiry into state capture.

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Standing outside of the Pietermaritzburg High Court, Jacob Zuma confidently proclaimed his innocence during his time as president:

“I have done nothing to anyone. There isn’t a shred of evidence indicating that I have done anything warranting the treatment I am receiving."

He even went as far as claiming that he has never been implicated at the Zondo commission, but this is far removed from the reality of the situation. Briefly.co.za takes a look at testimony against the former president:

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Rajesh Sundaram

The former editor of ANN7, the Gupta-owned TV news channel, claimed Zuma was more involved in the daily running of the channel than his son was. This is despite Zuma Jnr being a shareholder of the company that owned the channel.

Sundaram revealed that Duduzane Zuma was the on-paper shareholder at the now defunct station, holding a 21% stake in Infinity Media, which owned ANN7, reports News24.

The former editor claims that Ajay Gupta was the family's head when it came to dealing with the state, claiming that Ajay "was the one who did all the direct negotiations with the government".

Sundaram explained the relationship between the Gupta brother and the former president, claiming that:

"He was very close to President Zuma as well. Also, he was the bully ... who goes out there and tells the ministers whatever he wanted to get done, or ... seeks favours telling everybody he had the president in his pocket.”

Angelo Agrizzi

The former BOSASA COO claimed that he had received numerous 'ridiculous' requests from former Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, including that the company should cater for the former president's birthday celebration.

Agrizzi claimed that Zuma had visited BOSASA, where CEO Gavin Watson had set about 'influencing him'.

Themba Maseko

The former Cabinet spokesperson claimed that Zuma had lobbied for the Gupta family to get business from the state.

Maseko testified that that he had been called to the Saxonwold compound by Zuma himself to ensure he had met the Gupta brothers.

Fikile Mbalula

The minister claimed that Zuma had consulted with the family before appointing ministers, telling the inquiry that he had been informed by one of the Gupta brothers that he had been appointed as sports minister before the president himself had even contacted him.

Vytjie Mentor

The former ANC MP told the commission that the Gupta family had warned her of an imminent Cabinet reshuffle. Mentor had been informed of the reshuffle being planned by Zuma before it had taken place.

Ngoako Ramathlodi

The former public service minister accused the former president of auctioning his authority to the Guptas, allowing the family to walk all over him, commenting that:

"There were several times when members in the ANC National Executive Committee advised the president to terminate his friendship with the Gupta family. The president's response would always be: "This family helped my children when others would not do so. What do you want me to do?"

Nhlanhla Nene

The former finance minister claimed that Zuma, along with other senior Cabinet ministers, had become hostile towards him when he had refused to sign the former president's nuclear deal.

Despite all this testimony, Zuma told supporters outside court that he had warned ANC members against instituting the inquiry, as it may expose some of their wrongdoings:

“I cautioned comrades on the side that this might come back and bite them in the back. I even said it in perfect English."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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