- MKVMA president Kebby Maphatsoe says Zuma's Zondo appearance showed "leadership"
- Maphatsoe also defended Zuma from some of the Commission's lines of questioning
- He says that Zuma was asked questions about matters he never dealt with directly
Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association President and ANC MP Kebby Maphatsoe says that Zuma's appearance at the Zondo Commission showed leadership.
Maphatsoe praised Zuma for returning to the stand on Monday after it initially seemed as if the former president would stop testifying.
However, it has since been confirmed that Zuma has withdrawn from testifying before the inquiry.
Maphatsoe said that Zuma's decision to take the stand was the "right move", Briefly.co.za has gathered. Additionally, he said "[Zuma] wanted it not to appear as though he does not want to answer questions", according to IOL.
Maphatsoe is one of the view senior figures within the MKVMA to show support for Zuma since he began sharing his testimony at the Commission. Other members of the organsiation had slammed Zuma for suggesting that some of their members had served as spies. In a public statement, the MKVMA described Zuma's allegations as "lies".
Maphatsoe also defended Zuma, saying that the former president was being asked questions about matters that he never directly dealt with. For example, Maphatsoe says that Zuma was being quizzed about the dismisaal of directors-general, when this did not fall directly under the president's authority.
Zuma's withdrawal from the Commission undermines Maphatsoe's statement that Zuma was showing "leadership". However, it remains to be seen whether Zuma's appearance, however brief, was indeed the "right move" for the compromised former head of state.
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