Zondo dismisses Zuma's application seeking his recusal as Inquiry head

Zondo dismisses Zuma's application seeking his recusal as Inquiry head

- After a number of delays, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is ready to hand down a ruling

- This comes after the State Capture Inquiry chairperson deliberated over an application for his own recusal

- This application had been submitted by former president Jacob Zuma, who claimed the pair have close ties

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Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has finally handed down his ruling concerning former president Jacob Zuma's application for his recusal.

Zondo began by explaining the perimeters of his work at the State Capture Inquiry, which had been approved by ex-president Jacob Zuma himself.

These perimeters included, at Zuma's request, investigations to determine if the ex-president had a role to play in state capture.

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Zondo passed down his ruling on Zuma's recusal application. Image: Sharon Seretlo/Gallo Images and Veli Nhlapo/Sowetan
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Zondo, after considering the recently submitted statement, maintains that Zuma and his legal team had failed to prove that the two men had a close relationship.

Zondo explained that Zuma had been aware of Zondo's appointment in the early days of the inquiry and had failed to raise any concerns over the situation three years later.

The chairperson insists that it is questionable that, years after the fact, Zuma would suddenly take issue.

As for Zuma's promise to cooperate with the inquiry, Zondo explained that the ex-president has failed to submit affidavits that were requested over a year ago.

Turning his attention to claims that Zondo had made negative comments aimed at the ex-president, the chair said that these allegations against him have no merit.

Zondo concluded that Zuma has failed to meet the requirements for his dismissal based on biased, dismissing it.

Zuma's legal team immediately excused themselves citing instructions that they were to review the judgement handed down on Thursday.

In addition to this, Zuma's legal team announced that they would be laying a complaint against Zondo for being both witness and judge in the matter.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Zuma had insisted the pair had a strong relationship which Zondo had refuted by pointing out that their connection was a professional one.

Zuma, despite approving of his appointment, had claimed that there was a clear conflict of interest.

While Zuma was adamant that their ties ran strong, he had failed to point to any evidence to support this claim.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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