Jacob Zuma: Zondo Commission Requests Punishment over Failed Appearances

Jacob Zuma: Zondo Commission Requests Punishment over Failed Appearances

- The Constitutional Court heard Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi's application on behalf of the State Capture Commission

- Ngcukaitobi made various statements about former president Jacob Zuma's conduct and political status

- Ngcukaitobi said the Commission believes it is more important for Zuma to be punished for his defiance than have him appear before the Commission

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Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi made an application in the Constitutional Court on behalf of the Zondo Commission against former president Jacob Zuma. Ngcukaitobi said that Msholozi was attempting to avoid accountability on serious allegations.

Ngcukaitobi revealed that the Commission wants Zuma to be punished for disobeying the Constitutional Court adding that this was more important than the former president appearing before the Commission.

The Constitutional Court heard Ngcukaitobi's application on Thursday, 25 March.

Jacob Zuma: Zondo Commission Requests Punishment over Appearance
The Zondo Commission wants former president Jacob Zuma to be punished rather than appear before it. Image: Chesnot and Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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This application was put forward after Zuma failed to appear in court after being summoned. The commission wants Zuma put in jail for two years for this.

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The state capture inquiry argued that Zuma's public attacks on them and lawful institutions are unjustified, untruthful and malicious yet Zuma retaliates by accusing commission chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo of being biased

According to EWN, Ngcukaitobi stated that it was clear that the former president "seeks to exploit" his political status. Ngcukaitobi added that delays in the hearing of the matter allow Zuma to continue to do this.

News24 reported that JZ failed to file his answering affidavit to indicate whether or not he would be abiding by the ConCourt's decision. Ngcukaitobi said that a fine was put forward as there is no knowledge about Zuma's financial position.

The advocate stated that Zuma's conduct "threatens the entire constitutional order".

In other Zondo Commission news, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan and Advocate Dali Mpofu had a sour end to the Minister's cross-examination at the Commission. The session was chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo and Advocate Dali Mpofu represented former SARS' Commissioner Tom Moyane.

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The session concluded on a heated note as Mpofu was heard yelling "Shut up" at Michelle le Roux, who represented Gordhan. Gordhan had answered a question about allegations of racism earlier and Le Roux brought it up again.

Zondo stated that he did not need to hear Gordhan's explanation once more but the minister asked if he could comment on the matter. Mpofu objected and Le Roux began to explain why she wanted Gordhan to respond again. This caused frustration on Mpofu's side.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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