Zondo set to face recusal application: Jacob Zuma returns to inquiry

Zondo set to face recusal application: Jacob Zuma returns to inquiry

- The State Capture Inquiry is set to hear an application for Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo's recusal on Monday morning

- This comes after Jacob Zuma opted to lodge an application against Zondo, claiming that the pair had a 'close personal relationship'

- It remains unclear at present whether or not Zuma will appear before the commission after the hearing, despite a summons being issued for him to present himself before the inquiry

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Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is facing an application for his recusal from the State Capture Inquiry after ex-president Jacob Zuma lodged his bid for Zondo's removal.

The application is set to be heard on Monday at 10:00 and will hear Zuma detailing how he and Zondo had a 'close personal relationship' for over two decades.

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Zuma explained that he had sought legal advice from Zondo's firm at the time, adding that Zondo and Zuma's sister-in-law had had a child together and therefor shared a close family tie as well.

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Zuma has lodged an application for Zondo's recusal from the State Capture Inquiry. Image: Veli Nhlapo/Sowetan/Gallo Images and Unkel/Ullstein Bild
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Zuma claimed that this would be a conflict of interest despite this occurring long before Zuma tied the knot with Thobeka Madiba.

These allegations were contained in a 100-page application which was lodged by Zuma's legal team last week, just days ahead of his expected appearance.

After the recusal application is heard it remains uncertain whether or not Zuma will actually get around to testifying before the inquiry.

This comes after a summons was issued at the former president's Nkandla stronghold in October, legally compelling Zuma to resume his testimony.

News24 reports that commission secretary Professor Itumeleng Mosala had confirmed that Zuma would be permitted to appear via video, but remained obliged to comply with the summons.

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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Duduzane Zuma is on a mission to become the next president of South Africa and has vowed to "crush" those who would dare stand on his way to the highest office.

In a candid wide-ranging interview with Briefly.co.za, the well-spoken former president Jacob Zuma's son, said he would not fold his arms while the "vultures" devoured the state.

"Elect me, I'll stop them," he vowed.

Asked who were the "vultures", he responded by simply saying, "You know them," before bursting out in laughter.

While he wouldn't be persuaded into naming the "vultures", this could be seen as a thinly-veiled jab at his father's successor, President Cyril Ramaphosa and his allies.

"The most important thing for us as South Africans is to unite and build our country. Right now I think that some of the people who are in government do not have the best interests of our country at heart," charged Zuma.
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Source: Briefly.co.za

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