Explainer: How Jacob Zuma might try to dodge the Zondo Commission

Explainer: How Jacob Zuma might try to dodge the Zondo Commission

- Jacob Zuma has agreed to testify before the Zondo Commission next month

- However, he and his lawyers may still try to frustrate the process

- In a letter sent by Zuma's lawyer this week, the former president has already accused the Commission of being biased against him

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Former president Jacob Zuma is set to appear before the Zondo Commission next month. 

However, one of Zuma's legal representatives says that the former president believes the Commission is biased against him.

While Zuma has agreed to testify, he and his lawyers have already begun attacking the inquiry's credibility.

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The announcement that Zuma would appear before the inquiry has been met with much anticipation, as it will be the first time that Zuma will be cross-examined regarding his involvement in state capture.

Daniel Mantsha, Zuma's lawyer, provided the Commission with a letter this week confirming that Zuma will provide testimony. However, the tone of the letter is not amicable and it is clear that Zuma does not wish to help the inquiry, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

His legal representatives say that the Zondo Commission is running a "disinformation campaign" against him, according to News24. 

This has led some analysts to predict that Zuma and his legal team will attempt to frustrate and resist the Commission, as Zuma has frustrated courts in the past. Some have expressed doubt as to whether the former president will testify at all.

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This would not be the first time that Zuma has used such tactics to frustrate the legal system and avoid justice. For example, he and his lawyers used delaying tactics to put off Zuma's interview with then-Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

By the time Zuma finally agreed to the interview, Madonsela had already been replaced by her successor, Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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