- Jacob Zuma has defied the Constitutional Court's order that compels him to appear before the State Capture Commission
- Zuma said he would rather go to prison than testify at the commission as long as Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is still chairing it
- Mzansi tweeps have mixed reactions to the former president's decision to snub the commission
Former president Jacob Zuma has announced that he would rather go to prison than cooperate with the State Capture Commission.
Zuma said he would not longer cooperate with the Zondo Commission as long as Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is still its chair.
In a statement he released on Monday, Zuma shared that he would not abide by the Constitutional Court's recent "extraordinary and unprecedented" judgement that compelled him to appear before the commission.
In the statement shared by EWN online, Zuma shared that he is the target of propaganda, vilification and falsified claims for his stance on the transformation of Mzansi and the economy.
"I therefore state in advance that the Commission into Allegations of State Capture can expect no further co-operation from me in any of their processes going forward. If this stance is considered to be a violation of their law, then let their law take its course. I do not fear being arrested, I do not fear being convicted nor do I fear being incarcerated."
The veteran politician likened the Constitutional Court to the apartheid government. He alleged that it was politicised.
"It is clear that the laws of this country are politicised even at the highest court in the land."
Jacob Zuma expressed that he expected Zondo to not rule on a matter involving him, "proving that he was biased".
Social media users have shared mixed thoughts on Zuma's stance. Check out some of their comments below:
"What President Jacob Zuma is essentially saying is that: 1- The courts now fight factional battles. 2- I’m not scared of you guys. 3- I’ve been arrested many times, so dala what you must. 4- I will not succumb."
"Wow but I thought he was waiting for his day in court. I know the commission is not court. Also he has been saying he will come out and tell the truth. Why doesn’t he come out with the truth and expose whoever is wrong or must be held accountable."
"How many times has JZ turned to the CC as part of his Stalingrad strategy, and NOW he believes they are politicised? I don't recall any new members joining since his last appointed judge..."
"Arrest him immediately. We are supposed to be equal before the law. The law has been used to keep him out of jail, now the law must be observed to put him into jail for contempt for starters!"
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that social media users took to Twitter and used the #Wearejacobzuma to praise the former president. Quite a few tweeps looked back at his presidency and believe that he had South Africa's best interests at heart.
Others took a more objective view and weighed up the pros and cons and compared his presidency to that of the current President Cyril Ramaphosa. Briefly.co.za took a look at some of the posts on Twitter and shared them here: @azuk1le said:
"I will tell my kids. I once saw white people toyitoying in South Africa because of one man, who dared to challenge the status quo. #WeAreJacobZuma Dubul'iBhunu..."
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