May 14, 2021

State Capture Awaits Zuma Testimony Despite Stand-off With Zondo

FILE PHOTO: Former president Jacob Zuma arriving at the State Capture Commission in Braamfontien, Johannesburg with one of his daughters. PICTURE: Business Day

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JOHANNESBURG: It still remains unclear as to whether the beleaguered former leader will appear tomorrow.

The State Capture Commission is awaiting to receive the former president of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma on Monday on what is expected to be an interesting week at the commission.

The question, however, is whether or not Mr Zuma will stick by his word and not appear after he indicated through his foundation that he will be not appearing before the Commission.

Mr Zuma is set to appear before Deputy Chief Justice Mr Raymond Zondo from 15 to 19 February, as compelled by the Constitutional Court when it ruled that the former president oblige and testify.

This ruling, however, was met with defiance when Mr Zuma stated that he would defy the highest court in the land and was prepared to go to jail over it.

Mr Zuma has received support for his decision from his closest allies in the African National Congress (ANC) such as Mr Ace Magashule, who called for Mr Zuma to be “left alone”, as well as Umkhonto Wesizwe Military Veterans’ Association leader Mr Kebby Maphatsoe, who warned there would be consequences if Mr Zuma were to be arrested.

On the other side of the spectrum, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal made an appeal to the party’s national executive committee (NEC) to help it make Mr Zuma understand the implications of his refusal.

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa said Zuma perhaps needed more time to think about his decision. As the nation set their eyes on Mr Zuma and the Commission, it still remains unclear as to whether the beleaguered former leader will appear tomorrow.

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