- It seems as if former president Jacob Zuma returned to the State Capture Inquiry only to pull out of proceedings
- Zuma's legal team is insisting that the rules of the commission have been breached, citing this as the reason for the withdrawal
- Discussions at the inquiry are still underway, with the inquiry's team adamant that this is not the truth
Jacob Zuma's lawyer, Muzi Sikhakhane, has revealed today that the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture will no longer be hearing his clients testimony:
"We will take no further part in these proceedings. You will recall that on Monday, I expressed my reservations that a commission, which is a creature of statute, which has set out ground rules, writes a letter in June to say 'we are calling your client in terms of no rules'. We expressed our reservations because this commission at all times has to comply with its ground rules,"
Briefly.co.za reported that on Wednesday Sikhakhane had announced that Zuma will be advised to withdraw from proceedings.
It seems as if the ex-president had only returned today to announce that he will no longer be testifying, but discussions between Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo and Zuma's team are still underway.
Advocate Paul Pretorious is adamant that the terms of the inquiry have not been breached in any way whatsoever, discrediting Sikhakhane's claims.
"We cannot enter into any arrangement that will deviate from those rules. We will seek to enforce, follow and apply the rules."
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