- Judge Raymond Zondo has finally addressed the rumours that he fathered a child with Jacob Zuma's sister-in-law
- The judge of the State Capture Commission admitted that the speculation was indeed correct
- Zondo went on to say that he does not believe that this new information compromises his position
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After much speculation over the weeks, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has confirmed the claims that he fathered a child with former president Jacob Zuma’s sister-in-law.
Zondo's confession comes after Zuma's attorney Eric Mabuza accused him of being biased against the former president.
Judge Zondo has since admitted that he had a child with the sister of Zuma's estranged wife Thobeka Madiba 25 years ago. Zondo said that he was in a relationship "with a certain woman" while he was in his thirties and working in private practice.
“To my knowledge Zuma had no relationship with Ms Thobeka Madiba in the mid-1990s. That Mr Zuma happened to marry the sister of a woman with whom I had had a relationship that ended so many years before that marriage has never had any bearing on the execution of my judicial functions in the many matters involving Zuma in which I have sat as a Justice of the Constitutional Court since 2012.
"Nor does it have any bearing on the execution of my duties as chairperson of the commission."
The judge went on to say that he felt it necessary to address the speculation.
“I do not at this stage intend to address any of the other allegations made in Zuma’s attorney’s letter as I will deal with them if and when Zuma’s application for my recusal is lodged.”
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 then 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.
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