Pressure on for Jacob Zuma to testify at State Capture Inquiry

Pressure on for Jacob Zuma to testify at State Capture Inquiry

The Zondo Commission has given Jacob Zuma's lawyers until tomorrow to indicate whether or not he will testify. In a letter addressed to the former president, the Inquiry revealed that Zuma had failed to answer letters sent out towards the end of April.

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The Zondo Commission of Inquiry has informed Jacob Zuma's legal team that their client needs to give them an indication of whether or not he will be testifying.

In the letter, the commission wrote that Zuma had been given dates to appear back in April, but had failed to confirm his attendance. The former president has been given until tomorrow to confirm his attendance in July.

Pressure has been mounting on the politician, with numerous witnesses putting forward allegations against him.

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In September 2018, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said that he would like to give the former president a chance to have his say in the matter.

Vytjie Mentor, Angelo Agrizzi, Fikile Mbalula and other witnesses have all implicated the ex-president, however much he professes his innocence.

Zuma lashed out at the inquiry, claiming that 'state capture' was simply a political term:

"My view, and I am not disagreeing with anyone, [is that] these are politically decorated expressions. There is no state that is captured. Some people were doing things with [other] people."

News24 reports that the letter pointed out that a number of witnesses have fingered Zuma in their testimonies, and that he had been the president during the years when it is alleged that the state was captured.

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