- Thuli Madonsela has slammed former president Jcob Zuma's behaviour
- Zuma has publicly defied a Constitutional Court order compelling him to appear before the Zondo Commission
- In a recent interview, Thuli Madonsela expressed that Zuma is not above the law
Former public protector Thuli Madonsela has slammed former president Jacob Zuma for defying a Constitutional Court order compelling him to appear at the State Capture Inquiry.
Zuma issued a statement recently where he openly expressed that he would not appear before the commission as long as Deputy Chief Justice is still its chair. The troubled politician wants Zondo to recuse himself because he believes Zondo is conflicted.
Madonsela told Newzroom Afrika on Sunday, 7 February that Zuma is not above the law. She said Zuma's stance was a first of its kind from any South African president under a new constitution.
According to TimesLive, Madonsela shared that the inquiry was established back in 2018 largely because of the allegations levelled against Zuma. Madonsela said many people are not happy "with being dragged to court" but they do go there because no-one is above the law.
Mzansi social media users have shared mixed opinions on Madonsela's interview. Check out some of their comments below:
"Why so much hate against Zuma? What is your really problem with Zuma?"
"Since you are celebrated by the international community, whites in particular, then it’s proper they invite you to their TV channels. The likes of French TV, BBC etc. Thina we see you for what you really are. A white monopoly servant."
"We don't have time to listen to trash like you. Go tell white people to watch."
"Ausi Thuli, one minute into your interview, the presenter stopped for commercial break. Were you not irritated? Nna I was."
"What will happen to you the day we change the administration? Your grand children will suffer for your sins. Think about it, what you doing is definitely not on and now I am convinced that the allegations of you being employed by CIA might be true."
"You were talking facts."
"So much respect for you Prof. Just watched the interview."
In related news, Briefly.co.za reported that Zuma reportedly told EFF leader Julius Malema that he would only appear at the State Capture Commission if Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo recused himself. Zuma believes that Zondo is conflicted.
According to the pics posted on social media by the EFF, Zuma, Malema, EFF's advocate Dali Mpofu, ANC's Mzwandile Masina and Tony Yengeni held a meeting over tea at Zuma's Nkandla homestead on Friday, 5 February.
Malema had hit Zuma up on Twitter a few days after he publicly refused to appear at the Zondo Commission. In a statement, Zuma defied a Constitutional Court order compelling him to appear at the commission.
Sunday World reports that Malema pleaded with Zuma to appear before the Zondo Commission but Zuma also rejected it.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Zuma 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.
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