- Jacob Zuma recently bowed out of a State Capture Inquiry appearance, citing poor health as his excuse
- With the former president insisting that he was in good health and 'perfectly fine' just weeks before, the development has led to speculation
- But the politician's supporters and family have come to Msholozi's defence
Former president Jacob Zuma has bowed out of yet another State Capture Inquiry appearance over health concerns, prompting speculation over his intentions to clear the air.
Briefly.co.za reported that the politician had insisted his health was 'perfectly fine' during a Christmas event hosted by the Jacob Zuma Foundation.
But his legal team appeared before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to insist that the former president needed time to undergo medical treatment, postponing his scheduled appearance for later this month.
IOL reports that his son Edward Zuma had dismissed speculation that the latest development was a stall tactic:
“The lawyers told the commission everything so I cannot waste time on commenting on people’s silly thoughts.”
Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association spokesperson Carl Niehaus has also weighed in:
“It is entirely unacceptable to try and play all kinds of games with former president Zuma’s health. People who say these are delaying tactics should be ashamed of themselves.”
Niehaus is adamant that attempts to question Zuma's integrity were unacceptable, insisting that the explanation put forward at the Zondo Commission suffices.
Zuma has, after being served his first notice back in 2018, only managed to appear before the inquiry once.
The inquiry has since issued a statement that the politician has failed to adhere to the directives issued by Zondo, including requests for affidavits in response to allegations against him.
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