Jacob Zuma's lawyers will challenge Zondo Commission summons

Jacob Zuma's lawyers will challenge Zondo Commission summons

- Former president Jacob Zuma's legal team will be opposing an application to strong-arm him into appearing at the State Capture Inquiry

- This comes as the Zondo Commission attempts to compel the ex-president into appearing

- With Zuma bowing out of all his subsequent scheduled appearances, its no surprise action is being taken against him

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Jacob Zuma's lawyers will be opposing an application aimed at forcing him into appearing before the State Capture Inquiry.

IOL reports that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo will be briefed on an order authorising the commission to issue a summons for Zuma to appear later this month.

Zuma had failed to return to the commission on scheduled dates, with his lawyers claiming the ex-president was too sick to give testimony.

Many feel it is unlikely that the controversial politician would ever return to the inquiry after his first was marred with legal stalling.

Former minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi has revealed that Zuma has refused to take a lie detector test after claiming the politician had served as an apartheid spy at the inquiry.

The former president had made the accusation that the Resources and Public Administration head had been recruited by the apartheid regime during his studies in Lesotho.

The accusations had prompted Ramatlhodi to request a test to be conducted, but the commission didn't have the power to force Zuma's hand.

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Zuma also implicated former Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom as a 'known enemy agent', but the ex-president was later found guilty of defamation after Hanekom instated legal action had been taken against him.

Msholizi intends to appeal this finding, handed down by Durban High Court Judge Dhaya Pillay and ordered to pay damages.

Briefly.co.za reported that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has also endeavoured to have his February deadline extended, saying that it would render the work done thus far useless if the commission wasn't given more time.

But Zondo intends to streamline his tactics and hand some accusations over to other law enforcement agencies to handle while he focuses on tender corruption across the government sphere.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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