- Former president Jacob Zuma's support group has accused Deputy Judge President Raymond Zondo of being biased against Zuma
- The Gauteng Radical Economic Transformation accused Zondo of targeting Zuma and "disrespecting him"
- Social media users have shared mixed reactions to Zondo's decision against Zuma
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Deputy Judge President Raymond Zondo has been accused of being biased against former president Jacob Zuma. This is after he expressed that he doesn't negotiate with witnesses about when they can appear before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture.
Zondo was reportedly reacting to a remark in a letter from Zuma's attorneys. The remark suggested that the dates should be negotiated. On Monday, Zondo ordered Zuma to appear at the commission between 16 November and 20 November.
Zuma's supporters' group, Gauteng Radical Economic Transformation, accused Zondo of targeting Zuma and "disrespecting him".
News24 reports that the group said on Tuesday, 22 September:
"Judge Zondo has never seen it fit before to address arrangements for witnesses who are to appear before his commission through media conferences. But he saw it fit to select [in fact the correct word is target former] president Zuma for such special, disrespectful, treatment."
According to the publication, the group questioned why Zuma had to be forced to appear before the commission, when Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan had not yet returned for his cross-examination.
The minister was meant to be cross-examined by the former SA Revenue Service boss Tom Moyane, but he failed to appear before the commission citing "Cabinet commitments", according to News24.
Social media users have shared mixed reactions to Zondo's decision against Zuma. Check out some of their comments below:
"What’s the point when we all know @PresJGZuma’s answers are 'I don’t know, I can’t remember, I was not in charge of that department blah blah blah'."
"Curious to see what happens if he doesn't pitch, you're going to write him a stern letter? Besides old conspiracy theories and selective amnesia Zuma has nothing to add to this commission."
"We are yet to receive a date for Pravin. Can you please confirm as to when is he coming."
"When is 'ZonduZuma' giving non-negotiable dates for Pravin?"
"Conspiracy theories are underway. Zondo must not forget to order thousands of water bottles."
"I bet that he will not appear between 16 and 20 November."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Zuma recently took to social media to throw shade, possibly at President Cyril Ramaphosa or the ANC-led government. Zuma implied that the country is a mess after the ANC has recently been accused of misusing the R500 billion Covid-19 relief fund.
The Special Investigating Unit has confirmed that it will be heading an inquiry into allegations of fraud and corruption relating to the fund. Zuma used a Zulu proverb to describe a "person" who is eloquent but never achieves anything. He said, "Indlu yegagu iyanetha", which means the house of an eloquent person leaks when directly translated.
Zuma resigned as the country's president in February 2018 after intense pressure from his own party. The ANC had told him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in Parliament. He was pressured to step down before the end of his full term in mid-2019 amid corruption allegations.
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