Jacob Zuma is set to testify at the Zondo Commission and political analysts feel that the former president is in for a tough time as he won't easily duck questions. There's also a belief that he'll continue denying the existence of state capture.
Former South African president, Jacob Zuma, has confirmed that he'll be appearing before the State Capture Commission of Inquiry.
Zuma is set to testify on Monday, 15 July, and will have to answer to the allegations of state capture that saw billions of rands looted and state institutions crippled.
According to IOL News, it's believed Zuma is in for a tough time.
Professor Shadrack Gutto, a political analyst, thinks Zuma will find it very difficult to duck any hard questions.
"As it is a commission of inquiry he would be expected to answer every question put to him. They will be of a more narrow focus and he really won’t be able to play a game of ignorance, because as head of state, intelligence and head of cabinet he can’t just be obstinate about everything."
Professor Mark Swilling added that the importance of Zuma appearing before the commission shouldn't be ignored.
"The importance of Zuma testifying before the commission should not be underestimated. It will set a precedent that will either show that those who abuse power will be held to account or that the cycle of impunity will continue, reinforcing the unjust systems that enable state capture."
Briefly.co.za learnt that another political analyst, Daniel Silke, feels Zuma will keep on saying state capture isn't a real thing.
"We are likely to see a spirited defence of his role as president of South Africa. In all likelihood he is likely to distance himself from the concept of state capture."
Silke added that it won't be easy to get any charges against the former president because there hasn't been any solid evidence so far.
"Jacob Zuma remains relatively protected, he remains some distance away from being directly fingered. That is, given the evidence so far."
This comes after Zuma's son, Duduzane, has been acquitted of all charges facing him. A Randburg magistrate found Duduzane Zuma not guilty of culpable homicide and negligent driving.
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