Zuma's lawyers in hot water over ex-president Inquiry 'walkout'

Zuma's lawyers in hot water over ex-president Inquiry 'walkout'

- SA1st Forum has dubbed Jacob Zuma's 'walkout' as a 'direct attack' on South Africa's criminal justice system

- The ex-president is facing contempt charges after leaving the State Capture Inquiry without the needed permission to do so

- The group is adamant that Muzi Sikhakhane, Zuma's lawyer, must be met with 'maximum sanction' for his 'irresponsible' behaviour

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Jacob Zuma's lawyer Muzi Sikhakhane and his team are facing a professional misconduct complaint over the way they represented the ex-president during his last appearance at the State Capture Inquiry.

Rod Solomons, from the SA1st Forum, has written to the Legal Practice Council last week, demanding action:

"We wish for your Council to determine whether the legal team of Mr Zuma, led by advocate Muzi Sikhakhane, was irresponsible and unprofessional in how they advised and represented their client during his most recent appearance at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry."

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Muzi Sikhakhane and his team are now facing a complaint. Image: Deaan Vivier/Foto24
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Solomons declared that he felt Zuma and his legal team leaving the Inquiry without gaining approval could be regarded as 'a direct attack on our criminal justice system."

Solomons feels that the council should consider 'maximum sanction' against the ex-president's lawyers who he thinks is integral to the decision.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that 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.

Zondo announced that the inquiry would be issuing a fresh summons against Zuma to appear before the commission.

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'.

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.

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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.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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