- Edward Zuma believes that deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo is on a personal crusade against his father, former president Jacob Zuma
- He wrote a fiery statement telling Zondo to recuse himself from the trial and accused him of violating the Constitution
- Zonda has ordered Zuma to appear before the state capture commission on 9 October with or without his legal team
Edward Zuma believes that deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo should recuse himself from the state capture commission in a fiery statement.
This follows Zondo's order that former president Jacob Zuma stand before the commission and this time the dates would not be negotiable.
Edward accused Zondo of insulting his father and of violating the Constitution of South Africa.
Zondo ordered Zuma to present himself before the commission on 9 October with or without his legal team.
“I have determined new dates for Mr Zuma’s appearance at the inquiry,” said Zondo. “No dates will be negotiated with them [Zuma's legal team] or with him.”
Zuma had not appeared before the commission on the previous date, citing medical reasons and another criminal trial in the Pietermaritzburg high court according to TimesLive.
Edward believes that Zondo is just trying to save himself and called it a publicity stunt.
“Such was totally uncalled for. Can South Africans for one moment just think and ask, 'Was this really necessary?'
“Citizens, the Zondo theatrics are not about Cde JZ, they are about Zondo and his self preservation strategy,” read Edward's statement.
He also said that Zondo was allowing his personal feelings towards Zuma to impair his judgement.
“His anger with the former president should not suppress his judicial judgment as we know that the anger is also exacerbated by his common relationship with the former president through a particular child the DCJ fathers,” the statement read.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that 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."
In other news, 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."
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