- Jacob Zuma has told the Commission of State Capture Inquiry that he will not be participating
- Zuma has said through his lawyers that he will not be present; the deadline to reply to the summons was on Monday
- The State Capture Inquiry is required to have a report for President Cyril Ramaphosa by the end of March
Former President Jacob Zuma has snubbed the Commission of State Capture Inquiry and has said that he will not be taking part. The State Capture Inquiry issued a summons for the former president to appear at the Constitutional Court next year but he is not having it.
The deadline for Zuma to reply to the summons was Monday, but Zuma's lawyers sent a message to the commission expressing that he will not be present at the State Capture.
“We are instructed by our client, President JG Zuma, that he will not be participating in these proceedings at all,” said the letter.
This means that Zuma's application will be unopposed by his lawyers. Two weeks ago, Zuma hurriedly left the Commission and he breached the summons he had received to appear and testify.
The Commission has now issued a new summons request which is set to be in January and February respectively, where Zuma will be required to answer all questions asked of him.
The State Capture Inquiry is required to deliver a report to President Cyril Ramaphosa by 31 March 2021. Meetings have been put on hold for the rest of the year.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Bheki Cele surprised the Cape with inspections. Police Minister Bheki Cele has dedicated more resources to ensuring compliance with lockdown restrictions.
This comes after the minister visited the Western Cape on a 'Safer Festive Season' inspection tour. Cele highlighted that the police are working on the 'crime situation', saying that the operation is moving to different regions in a bid to understand the situation in different communities.
Noting a spike in Covid-19 cases in regions like Bellville and Dunoon, Cele said that while malls were compliant, high instances of non-compliance could be witnesses outside these outlets. Cele revealed that the authorities will be on standby to enforce President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement.
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