- The Zondo Commission of Inquiry has once again issued a summons for Jacob Zuma
- While the ex-president may have opted to prematurely leave his last appearance, it seems he isn't getting off the hook just yet
- Not only will Zuma appear as soon as January again, but a second week in February has also been allocated to hearing his testimony
The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has issued a summons for Jacob Zuma to testify.
The Zondo Commission revealed on Thursday that it has asked the ex-president to appear before it from January 19 to 22 and then again for another week in February.
The Inquiry has also revealed that it hasn't yet laid charges against Zuma for leaving the Commission without permission last month.
A spokesperson for the Inquiry explained that charges would be laid against Zuma only after it had the chance to file an application to the Constitutional Court for an order forcing the ex-president to comply with the new summons.
If this application should succeed, Zuma will be in contempt of court and facing possible arrest should he defy the summons.
After the charges have been laid, the Inquiry will approach the National Prosecuting Authority to investigate Zuma's conduct.
Zuma's lawyers have previously warned that, should their client be forced to appear at the Inquiry, he may opt to simply remain silent.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that 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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