- Jacob Zuma's lawyers claim that the State Capture Inquiry has it out for the politician
- This comes as the Zondo Commission attempts to compel the former president to return after cancelling numerous appearances
- Despite Zuma claiming he is in good health, his lawyers insist the ex-president is unable to attend
Less than a month after he declared that he is 'perfectly fine', Jacob Zuma's lawyers are insisting that the ex-president is too ill to appear before the State Capture Inquiry.
Briefly.co.za reported that the former president slammed media agencies for reporting on his poor health during a Christmas party hosted by his foundation:
"I heard some people saying he (Zuma) was spotted at the chess tournament but he is so weak that he couldn't even play. Why didn't you ask me how I feel? Why write something without asking me? What's wrong? Because I have all my strength. I'm perfectly fine."
But now his legal team is claiming that Zuma is too ill to attend appearances at the Zondo Commission.
The inquiry recently issued a summons compelling the ex-president to present himself, but Zuma has instructed his legal team to appeal the process.
Speaking during proceedings at the inquiry, Zuma's lawyer Thabani Masuku slammed the development as a clear sign of a vendetta:
“We have told the Commission that he is not well...when he says he is not feeling well, he is not playing games.”
Zuma has managed to avoid every single scheduled appearance at the Zondo Commission since his first testimony last year.
Every possible excuse, including legal proceedings for his upcoming corruption trial, has been used with speculation that his return will never come to pass.
Zondo has 'reluctantly' postponed the application for the summons to be issued for Zuma to appear later in January.
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