- Jacob Zuma's lawyer, Muzi Sikhakhane, has claimed that Zuma was frightened by comments made at the State Capture Inquiry
- Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo heard how Zuma felt like he was in a slaughterhouse on Monday
- This comes as the ex-president's application seeking Zondo's recusal is heard at the commission
Former president Jacob Zuma's lawyer Muzi Sikhakhane has his hands full explaining why Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo must recuse himself.
Sikhakhane says that Zondo's comments at the State Capture Inquiry had frightened the ex-president, giving him the impression that he is in a slaughterhouse.
Zuma's lawyer explained that the application was an attempt to get Zondo to contemplate his earlier comments in a bid to consider how they would be interpreted by both citizens and legal individuals.
Zondo, according to Sikhakhane, had crossed the line often with the lawyer commenting that:
“Those comments that are made flippantly without self-restraint have the same effect. So, a judge who decides to go either extreme may be immature because… what is required are comments that seek to understand, to intellectually engage.”
Sikhakhane explained that this played into the narrative that Zuma is the 'man who messed up our country'.
However, the advocate made it clear that the application to have Zondo dethroned after two years of work wasn't an attack on his integrity:
"Recusal proceedings are brought to a judge because you trust him."
To the insinuation that Zondo was presiding over a forum that 'is not good' for the ex-president, the inquiry chair responded that he often made remarks so that people implicated in matters would get a grasp of what he was thinking and address it during their respective appearances.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has distanced himself from Jacob Zuma's claim that the pair share a close bond.
Zondo, speaking in response to the application for his recusal as State Capture Inquiry chairperson, detailed a long list of reasons why the two men do not share any friendship.
Zondo explained that he had interacted with Zuma and other ANC leaders in KwaZulu-Natal during his time in private practice, but denied that he had served Zuma himself.
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