Ex-president Jacob Zuma concludes bombshell testimony for the day

Ex-president Jacob Zuma concludes bombshell testimony for the day

Former President Jacob Zuma has been implicated by countless testimonies before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

Now, the politician has been granted the opportunity to give his side of the story, in response to the allegations against him.

Set to appear before the Commission for the duration of this week, with the possibility of a return date later on, here's what Msholozi has to say in his own defence:

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Live Stream: Jacob Zuma concludes bombshell testimony for the day

From R20 million bribes, his ties to the Gupta family to his role in the ANC, former president Jacob Zuma has concluded his first day of testimony at the Zondo Commission.

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Today has marked the first day of testimony for Jacob Zuma at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

The former president is set to return tomorrow to continue his submissions at the inquiry, with even more controversial admissions on the cards.

While the attention of the nation is turned towards the veteran politician, Natasha Mazzone of the Democratic Alliance is adamant that Zuma alone was not solely responsible for state capture, pointing out that the ANC had it's role to play.

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Live Stream: Zuma claims he was offered R20 million bribe to resign

Jacob Zuma claims that there had been a massive drive to see him removed from power, starting as early as his time as deputy-president. The former president claims he had even been offered a R20 million bribe to resign.

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Former president Jacob Zuma has knitted together a series of events, which he claims will substantiate his theory that he has been targeted.

Perhaps one of his most shocking claims was that he was offered a R20 million bribe, allegedly to quit his position as deputy-president.

The bribe was allegedly in exchange for Zuma quietly retiring to Nkandla, where he would be 'taken care of'.

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This had begun with the 'arms deal', which saw the conviction of Schabir Shaik in the Thales deal, which Zuma is currently facing a trial over.

The former president accused Public Protector Thuli Madonsela of using phrases to 'enhance the narrative that Zuma is corrupt', reports The South African.

Furthermore, Zuma claims that Madonsela, who removed his power to appoint his own head investigator for the inquiry, was 'unconstitutional', insisting that she had been 'desperate' to take action against him as part of 'some bigger plan'.

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Live Stream: Zuma admits to being central to Gupta-linked media firms

Former President Jacob Zuma addresses his relationship with the Gupta family, which was supposedly central to state capture.

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Former President Jacob Zuma has addressed his relationship with the notorious Gupta family, pointing out that they had also been friends with fellow ex-presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki.

Zuma says that he got to know a few of the Guptas, who he says knew many members of the ANC:

"I found them to be a very friendly family and with time I got to know a number of them, if not all of them. Indeed, they knew a lot of comrades."

Claiming that the media was biased, Zuma explained that the New Age newspaper was set up as an 'alternative' voice in South Africa.

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Once the newspaper had been established, Zuma claims to have informed Gwede Mantashe, who had served as ANC secretary-general at the time.

News24 reports that TNA and ANN7 were subsequently established, with the former president claiming that there was nothing wrong with these entities.

ANC structures, according to Zuma's testimony, were instructed to support the news outlets, something which the ex-president seems to have no issue with.

The former president has defended his relationship with the family, saying that he had been told that the Guptas had been appointing ministers; to this, Zuma simply says:

"Was I not capable of doing my job?"

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Live Stream: "King of the corrupt" Zuma tells Zondo he's been vilified

- Former president Jacob Zuma claims that the commission is part of a plot to assassinate his character

- Zuma claims that he has been vilified, made out to be the 'king of corrupt people' over the last 10 years

- Zuma is appearing to relay his side of the story in response to various statements made against him at the Inquiry

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Jacob Zuma claims that he has been subjected to a long-term plot to assassinate his character:

"I've been a subject of talk in this country for more than a decade. I've been vilified. Alleged to be the king of corrupt people. The most corrupt."

Despite this, the former president claims that he had opted to refrain from commenting on this due to his values.

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Zuma claims that he believes respect is key and that people should not make accusations without proof.

He added that these values had been part of his nature, growing up, taught to him by his parents and during his service to the African National Congress.

The ex-president told Deputy-Chief Justice Raymond Zondo that he believed the commission had been set solely up in order for him to appear before it and for findings to be made against him, reports The Citizen.

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