Zondo acts against Zuma over ditching Inquiry: 'We are all equal'

Zondo acts against Zuma over ditching Inquiry: 'We are all equal'

- The other foot has fallen after former president Jacob Zuma left the State Capture Inquiry without permission

- Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has requested that a criminal complaint should be laid against the ex-president over the incident

- Zondo is adamant that the law applies to everyone, even if you were once the leader of South Africa

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Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has moved to lay a criminal complaint against former president Jacob Zuma after his exodus from the State Capture Inquiry.

On Thursday Zuma left the commission after Zondo passed down his ruling over Zuma's application for Zondo's recusal.

The ex-president had accused the State Capture Inquiry chair of being not only biased but also claimed the pair had a 'close relationship'.

Foundation: Zuma would rather face jail time than Zondo Inquiry
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The State Capture Inquiry will now proceed with legal charges against Zuma. Image: Veli Nhlapo/Sowetan
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Zondo announced that the inquiry would be issuing a fresh summons against Zuma to appear before the commission.

In addition to this, the Constitutional Court will be approached for an order compelling Zuma to not only appear but to answer the Inquiry's questions.

Commenting on the 'serious' situation, Zondo had pointed out that the law is binding and that it hadn't been up to Zuma to excuse himself.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Jacob Zuma Foundation had lashed out over the incident, naturally defending the ex-president in the situation.

The Foundation went as far as to commend Zuma for walking out of the Inquiry, slamming it as a 'comedy of errors':

"We stand by President Zuma and commend him for his firm stance of walking away from the Commission. It is indeed a comedy of errors, floundering from one error to the next."
Old clip of Zuma calling for cooperation, respect at Inquiry surfaces

The foundation claims that Zuma has indicated he would rather face jail time than to continue his testimony:

"President Zuma assures us that he would rather face jail than allow himself to be bullied by an irregular, manipulated and unlawful process."

The statement continues to suggest that the Inquiry chair's behaviour had been disturbing, commenting further that:

"Equally disturbing is the fact that the Chairperson failed to realize that as soon as his unusual statement was contradicted, he could not be the arbiter of his own dispute."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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