Zondo recusal: Zuma's last-minute submission delays judgement

Zondo recusal: Zuma's last-minute submission delays judgement

- Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has once again needed to postpone passing judgement

- This comes as the State Capture Inquiry chairperson considers Jacob Zuma's application seeking his recusal from the commission

- The delay was caused by the former president, who submitted a last-minute statement on the matter

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Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, according to a statement issued by the State Capture Inquiry, was all set to pass judgement on Wednesday.

Zondo is set to rule on former president Jacob Zuma's application claiming that the chairperson should not preside over his testimony due to their close relationship, a clear conflict of interest in his mind.

However, this ruling has been postponed for the second time this week due to a last minute submission by the ex-president.

Zondo has been forced to postpone passing judgement once again. Image: Veli Nhlapo/Sowetan
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A second statement issued by the State Capture Inquiry indicated that Zuma had made a last-minute submission, which Zondo would need to consider:

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"This morning Mr Zuma furnished the Commission with a statement/ affidavit which the Chairperson needs to consider. In light of this, the Chairperson will no longer deliver the ruling at 15h00 but will do so at 10h00 tomorrow."

Zuma had previously indicated, through his legal team, that he would be unable to attend the Inquiry on Wednesday due to a funeral that was taking place.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Zondo had indicated that he needed more time to process documents related to the application on Tuesday.

The ex-president claimed that the pair shared a close relationship, including Zondo fathering a child with Zuma's sister-in-law.

Zondo had refuted these allegations, insisting that the pair shared no real relationship outside of a vague work tie decades ago during the Deputy Chief Justice's time in private practice.

Zondo had advised the ANC, of which he was a member, during this period of time and as a result, had met with Zuma present with party leadership.

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Further than this, Zondo denied that either man had invited the other to family events including funerals and celebrations.

Zondo had explained that Zuma had only met his wife, during political events which formed part of his duty and had never been to his home.

Zuma's legal team had argued that comments made during the testimony of other witnesses had frightened the ex-president, resulting in the perception that the inquiry was 'not a good forum' for the ageing politician.

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Source: Briefly News

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