Explainer: What Jacob Zuma will be facing at the Zondo Commission

Explainer: What Jacob Zuma will be facing at the Zondo Commission

Today is the deadline for former president Jacob Zuma to indicate whether or not he will appear before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into state capture. Briefly.co.za takes a look at the obstacles the politician will have to navigate, should he choose to testify.

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Jacob Zuma's name has been dropped numerous times throughout the 113 days of testimony at the Zondo Commission.

Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Zuma has been given until today to respond to the inquiry's request for him to appear.

But what would the former president be faced with, should he choose to answer for the implicating testimonies put forward at the inquiry?

READ ALSO: Pressure on for Jacob Zuma to testify at State Capture Inquiry

Ex-Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene

The first serving member of Cabinet to testify at the inquiry, Nene implicated Zuma in the nuclear deal with Russia.

Nene claimed that he had refused to put pen to paper on a guarantee for financing the deal with Russia at the 2015 Brics summit:

"I told President Zuma in the meeting that I could not sign the letter without having first interrogated the financial and fiscal implications and proposed a funding model."

Nene testified that Zuma had criticised him for this, saying he was 'not happy that I was not doing what I was supposed to have done a long time ago'.

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Themba Maseko

The former government spokesperson was the first to directly implicate the former president at the inquiry.

He claimed that Zuma had asked him to personally assist the Guptas in obtaining state advertising for The New Age newspaper.

Zuma had allegedly asked him to ensure he met with the infamous family at their Saxonwold compound, exposing how Zuma had lobbied to hand government business to the Guptas.

On the day Maseko had been to meet with the family, Zuma had called him to ensure that he would attend:

"I was taken aback at the call and wondered whether the Guptas had requested the president to call me to demonstrate their power and influence in the upper echelons of government. However, I avoided jumping to that conclusion and I decided to proceed to the meeting with an open mind."

Angelo Agrizzi

One of the most alarming testimonies to date, Angelo Agrizzi implicated a hoard of politicians, including Zuma.

The former BOSASA COO had claimed CEO Gavin Watson paid Zuma R300 000 in monthly bribes, disguised as donations to the Jacob Zuma Foundation.

These payments were to institute changes to legislature to allow for Falcon Oil and Gas to carry out their fracking project in the Karoo.

Agrizzi claimed that a meeting was held on this matter at Nkandla with Watson, Falcon Oil CEO Philip O'Quigley and attorney Lizel Oberholzer back in 2016.

READ ALSO: Agrizzi implicates ex-president Jacob Zuma in R300k monthly bribe from BOSASA

Vytjie Mentor

The ex-ANC MP brought attention to the culture of name-dropping among the Gupta family.

Mentor claims that during a meeting at Saxonwold, the Guptas had used their relationship with Zuma to achieve state capture and grand corruption.

The former MP claims the family had offered her the position of Minister of Public Enterprises, should she cancel the South African Airways' direct flight to India, reports News24.

Gupta-linked Jet Airways was to benefit from the route instead. Mentor claims the family had promised to put in a good word with Zuma on her behalf - "We normally do."

Pravin Gordhan

The Public Enterprises Minister claims that Zuma had personally asked him to approve Dudu Myeni's expensive SAA Airbus deal.

He had initially been reluctant to name the former president, eventually telling Zondo:

"In the first instance, the president (Zuma). For example, if you look at [his involvement in] the issue of the banks and the relationship with clients (the Guptas)… pushing the nuclear deal… when you allow particular types to be appointed to boards, when you put particular ministers there to be cooperative… looking back… it means there was a scheme at play designed by someone…".

Gordhan touched on his High Court bid to seek relief from intervening with banks closing Gupta accounts, just days before Zuma sacked him from his Cabinet:

"One could surmise that the intention was to get rid of us, put in another minister and withdraw the application to the Pretoria High Court."

The minister goes as far as to finger Zuma as the person who misled, manipulated and abused the nation to the benefit of state capture.

Despite numerous implications, Zuma has on on record to claim that no evidence has backed up claims of his guilt or his relationship with the Guptas.

He maintains that he led South Africa with honesty, denying any form of wrongdoing.

Despite this, it seems as if he is reluctant to present himself before the commission and put years of conjecture to bed.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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