- Former president Jacob Zuma responded to the Zondo Commission's application to have him jailed
- Zuma's statement contained various aspects, starting from a section about one of the judges all the way to his constitutional rights
- The statement was shared online by Zuma's daughter Duduzile Sambudla-Zuma on Thursday, 25 March
Former president Jacob Zuma has released an eight-page statement on his response to the Constitutional Court case against him tabled by the State Capture Inquiry. Zuma said he will even serve a prison sentence if the ConCourt decides so.
Zuma said the ConCourt will not be spared "rigorous questions" when people "gain their voices". The former president believes that many SA judges can not "bring an open mind" to cases specifically involving him.
On page three of the statement, Zuma goes on to say that the State Capture Commission encroached on his constitutional rights by bringing the ConCourt into the matter.
The statement concluded with:
"Unfortunately, when people rise up against the judicial corruption, our young democracy will unravel and many democratic gains will be lost in the ashes that will be left of what used to be our democratic state.
"Many who profess to be acting in the interests of democracy will leave for their wealth destinations abroad as many of them hold dual citizenship. The stooges of these so-called defenders of democracy will be left with us battling to re-build our country again."
Take a look at the full statement below:
Read some of the responses below:
"So Zuma wants to have his friends to judge his case? This time he is going to jail... He better claim to be dying to avoid that."
"Zuma wants his matter to be heard by John Hlophe? O nyele. Constitutional Court sesithembele kinina. The law must take its course, he must be jailed for at least 5 years."
"Definitely, President Zuma history will absolve you. I can see what is been done to you, is what is been done to us the natives. Apartheid sympathisers are showing their faces opening some priests is shocking."
"Your father had established the state capture commission and he must account. This tactic of him being a target, we're tired of it."
On Thursday, Briefly.co.za reported that the Zondo Commission wants Zuma punished rather than appearing before it. 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.
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