- Ex-president Jacob Zuma has managed to stealthily avoid an entire week of testifying before the State Capture Inquiry
- His application for Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to recuse himself has dominated the time allocated to his testimony
- Now, after Zuma illegally left the inquiry, Zondo has elected to end the commission's work for the week
Former president Jacob Zuma has managed to avoid saying a single word at the State Capture Inquiry.
This comes despite the ANC politician being subpoenaed to appear before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo for the duration of this entire week.
Zuma threw a spanner into the works by submitting an application for Zondo's recusal, with judgement on the matter passed on Thursday.
One sharp citizen took to social media to post a clip of Zuma's announcement that the inquiry would be established.
The irony of the clip did not escape citizens, with Zuma calling on all those who were called forward to testify to cooperate with Zondo:
"I urge everyone to cooperate with the Commission of Inquiry. I trust that we will all respect the process and place no impediments to prevent the commission from doing its job."
Citizens were mixed in their reactions to this clip, with some feeling ashamed at the actions of the man who was President of the nation not so long ago, while others seem unsurprised at the turn of events.
Take a look at some of the reactions to the clip below:
@YOLO_4_real- "Honestly this a poor example by the former president to defy the very same commission he established and encouraged all witnesses to respect...this is a shameful act, a shameful moment South Africa."
@Pascalpaul9- "Remember that this speech was written for him, he had no idea what he was reading."
@wushekazi45- "Is he not doing the opposite now? He asked everyone involved to co-operate with the judge, and yet he’s doing the opposite. Eli xhego."
@ZintelM- "This is the man who shuffled the Cabinet at midnight. Consistency has never been his thing."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Zuma had intentionally and illegally walked out of the Inquiry on Thursday.
The former president had left during a tea break, meant to determine the Inquiry's next move after his recusal application was dismissed.
Zuma now runs the risk of facing criminal charges for contempt of court as a direct result of his actions.
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