- Former president Jacob Zuma's foundation is less than impressed with Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo
- The foundation issued a statement in response to Zondo setting 'non-negotiable' dates for Zuma's next appearance at the State Capture Inquiry
- But Zuma's response has snubbed the chair's press conference as 'utterly inappropriate'
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Jacob Zuma's foundation has condemned Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo in a statement released earlier this week.
The document, whose author was not noted, seethed with disappointment in the State Capture Inquiry's chairperson.
“His media conference was ill-advised and utterly inappropriate for a person of his seniority in the judiciary. His attacks on President Zuma and his legal representatives was absolutely unjustified and prejudicial."
Zuma's foundation questioned why he was the target of Zondo's briefing while the likes of Minister Pravin Gordhan went unmentioned:
“He has not called a press conference to respond to Minister Pravin Jamnandas Gordhan when he failed even to file an affidavit to explain his non-appearance."
The statement hinted that Zondo was reaching for reasons to take on the ex-president:
“The so-called application relating to the subpoena seems redundant and moot as it relates to dates that have passed. It is clear to us that the legal team of the Commission, in their curious wisdom, believes it can turn an old application, with old set of facts, into a new application for a future subpoena.”
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng himself was called upon to intervene by the foundation:
“We call upon the Chief Justice to remind the Chairperson that he is not above the law and that he is accountable to the Constitution and not those who seek to peddle the theory of state capture that only serves to punish certain people while protecting those who are for now powerful.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Zondo had set down non-negotiable dates for Zuma's next appearance after a number of cancellations.
Declining to comment on the ex-president's reasons for failing to attend the appearances, Zondo commented that:
“This commission has made it clear to the attorneys who represented him before that this commission does not negotiate dates with witnesses."
Zuma's attorneys had cited preparations for his upcoming corruption trial and ill-health as reasons for yet another cancellation.
Zondo lamented the lost time during his briefing, saying that the Inquiry was forced to push other testimony forward to make up for the cancellation.
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