- Jacob Zuma's testimony before the Zondo Commission was characterised by evasiveness and delay tactics
- The former president denied knowing the answers to 36 questions during his address before the inquiry
- Briefly.co.za takes a look at the brief but elusive testimony of the veteran politician
Former president Jacob Zuma shrugged off 36 questions during his testimony at the state capture inquiry.
'I don't know', ' I don't remember' and 'I'm not sure' were sprinkled throughout his responses during questions posed to him.
Zuma had been expected to answer to the allegations levied against him by nine different witnesses.
He has been labelled the 'president in absentia' due to not being able to answer to issues that transpired during his time at the helm of the ANC.
Msholozi's second day of testimony was cut short after his legal team accused the commission's team of cross-examining him, Briefly.co.za reported.
Friday saw the former president threatening to withdraw from his testimony, but he later did a u-turn, stating that he would return at a later stage with terms and conditions laid out for his co-operation.
Among the notable questions posed to him, Zuma was asked about the events leading to the redeployment of former GCIS CEO Themba Maseko to director-general at the Department of Public Services.
Maseko had told the inquiry that this had been the result of his refusal to take orders from Ajay Gupta, which he says would have seen him unduly benefiting from the state.
Zuma had denied his claims, saying that there had been a 'shifting' of executives, with Maseko not solely being redeployed.
Zuma denied instructing the late Collins Chabane, Minister of Public Services at the time, to move Maseko:
"The minister Chabane had said he wanted to transfer Maseko, but I can't remember the details."
Maseko had claimed that Zuma's mandate had ultimately been what prompted Chabane to redeploy him, reports TimesLIVE.
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