- Former President Jacob Zuma has sent a letter requesting that Judge Zondo recuse himself from the State Capture Commission
- The corruption-accused Zuma believes that Zondo has been biased against him from the start
- The chair of the State Capture Commission is yet to respond to Zuma's allegations
Jacob Zuma has sent a letter requesting that State Capture Commission of Inquiry Chairperson, Deputy Chief Judge Raymond Zondo, recuse himself as the chair. In the letter, Zuma's lawyer Eric Mabuza explained that his client feels Zondo is biased against him.
Zuma has requested that a different judge preside over the Commission. The letter was sent on Monday afternoon following Zondo's firm refusal to negotiate with Zuma over his appearance before the commission.
Zondo made it clear that Zuma would be summoned to appear from 16 to 20 November. Zondo it yet to respond to the letter.
Meanwhile, the SABC reports that political analyst Dale McKinley has described the incident as Zuma's attempt to hide the truth.
McKinley believes the former president is evading responsibility.
Briefly.co.za previously reported 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."
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