- Former president Jacob Zuma has come out guns blazing against DCJ Zondo
- The corruption-accused Zuma said that he would not come to testify at the Commission if Zondo was still chairing it
- This comes after similar calls were made by Jacob Zuma's son Edward Zuma
It has been reported that former president Jacob Zuma, through his lawyers, will interdict the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State Capture.
IOL reported that Zuma is demanding that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo step aside as chair before his inquiry in November.
The publication reports that Zondo’s media briefing to demand that Zuma appear at the commission touched a nerve with Zuma./
The former president is apparently adamant against testifying unless Zondo recuses himself.
Briefly.co.za had previously reported that 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.
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.
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.”
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