- Deputy Chief of Justice of the State Capture Inquiry Judge Raymond Zondo has dismissed Zuma's attempt to have him recused
- Zuma and his lawyers applied for the recusal after stating that himself and Zondo had a family history and were "friends"
- Many South Africans have headed to Twitter to share hilarious responses to the failed recusal endeavour
South African judge and acting Deputy Chief of Justice at the nation's State Capture Inquiry, Raymond Zondo, has just denied former president Jacob Zuma's application to have him recused as the judge at the commission.
In what many publications have described as a delay tactics Zuma and his lawyers filed for the recusal after stating that Zondo and himself had a family history, a connection which stems from one of Zuma's wives' sisters.
Meanwhile hundreds of South Africans have taken to social media to share their response to the denied recusal. Many of them has shared jokes about the fact that Zondo refused to be referred to as Zuma's friend.
Read a few of the comments below.
"#ZondoCommission. Well done Mr Zondo. This judge is focused and unperturbed."
"#ZondoCommission Zondo is tearing into Sikhakhane's schoolboy submissions and I am drinking to it. Man is not going to recuse himself, Zuma must forget."
"This is exactly how Zuma was running the government, reshuffling ministers now and then because it's either you do things his way or you are gone, when Zondo was appointed he was happy thinking Zondo would protect him. #ZondoCommission"
Earlier today Briefly.co.za reported that 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. 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 until 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.
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