Jacob Zuma halts Zondo Commission testimony over 'cross-examination'

Jacob Zuma halts Zondo Commission testimony over 'cross-examination'

- The Zondo Commission proceedings have been postponed as Zuma and his lawyers are unhappy with the line of questioning

- Zuma's lawyers say he is being "cross-examined" and asked to recall details that he never directly dealt with

- The commission's legal team and Zuma's representatives are discussing the issue

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The Zondo Commission has been postponed until Friday after Jacob Zuma grew visibly unhappy with evidence leader Paul Pretorius's line of questioning.

The commission's legal team and Zuma's lawyers will be meeting to discuss a way forward.

The former president's lawyers have taken issue with the way Zuma has been questioned since the start, alleging that it amounted to "cross-examination".

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Tensions arose after Pretorius asked Zuma questions regarding former public enterprises minister, Barbara Hogan's claim that had favoured Siyabonga Gamato to replace Maria Ramos as Transnet head. 

Pretorius asked Zuma if he had replied to Hogan's memo, but Zuma complained that, as president, he received so many memos that it would be impossible to remember them all, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

Additionally, Zuma complained that he was "being made to go through details only known by officials like the director-general", according to News24. 

This is an issue that Zuma's lawyer, Muzi Sikhakhane, has already complained about. He says that Zuma is being asked to recall details about things that he never directly dealt with.

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It was shortly after this exchange that the commission adjourned for the day.

It appears that the inquiry may be hitting a roadblock, with speculation rising that Zuma may pull out of the commission and cease testifying altogether.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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