- Jacob Zuma claims he is too ill to attend his scheduled appearances at the Zondo Commission
- However, the ex-president has earned himself a telling off from the State Capture Inquiry
- The inquiry has put forward that the politician has failed to present himself before them
Kwezi Shabalala, the acting secretary at the State Capture Inquiry, has issued a response to Jacob Zuma's claims of poor health.
Briefly.co.za reported that the ex-president had sent his legal team to put forward that his health was preventing a return appearance to continue testifying.
The commission, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo says that the former president has 'failed or refused' to:
- Abide by the directives issued by Zondo
- Deliver an affidavit containing his response to areas of interest ( requested in July)
- Appear at scheduled hearings
- Approach the inquiry for rulings 'excusing non-compliance with the directives'
Shabalala detailed how Zuma's failure to appear before the inquiry resulted in the loss of three weeks' worth of hearing time.
The inquiry's team first issued Zuma with a notice of his implication back in 2018 but now Shabalala says:
“In respect of some 23 notices so issued, Mr Zuma has declined to make any application to put his own version in response to the allegations made against him and concerning him and to cross-examine the relevant witnesses."
Now the inquiry insists that a 'summons is necessary to secure the appearance of Mr Zuma', reports HeraldLIVE.
Shabalala highlights the importance of the ex-president's testimony in order to determine the validity of issues raised against him.
Zuma has requested that Zondo meets with his military doctor in order for his illness to be disclosed confidentially.
Zondo in his own words has 'reluctantly' agreed to the meeting but it remains unclear when this will take place.
The inquiry has approached the courts in the hopes of securing an extension to continue hearings until later this year.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!