Dec 2, 2021

Zuma Will Be A No-show At Zondo Commission On Monday – MKMVA

FILE PHOTO: July 17, 2019. South Africa. Former president Jacob Zuma leaves the state capture commission of inquiry on his third day of testifying after his legal team asked for a postponement. Zuma has been accused by former ministers and head of departments on giving the Gupta family preferential treatment to allow them to receive government tenders and contracts. PICTURE: Thulani Mbele

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JOHANNESBURG: MKMVA paid a visit to Mr Zuma last week at his rural Nkandla homestead where he briefed them about his position going forward.

Mkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans president Mr Kebby Maphatsoe says the former president of the ANC and country, Mr Jacob Zuma will be a no-show at the State Capture Commission on Monday.

“He is not going there on Monday. I want to confirm that he is not going there tomorrow and the arrest is not going to just happen immediately,” he said.

“There are processes that are still going to unfold and during that process, we will also be explaining this narrative that the judiciary, the judges can also make mistakes.”

“But if they are biased also it is our right as citizens to say you are biased because you have taken away the right of a citizen,” Mr Maphatsoe added.

Zuma has received a summons from the Commission to appear before it for the duration of this week to answer allegations made against him by more than 30 witnesses.

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However, the former president has indicated that he will not comply with the summons nor a Constitutional Court decision compelling him to appear before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

MKMVA paid a visit to Mr Zuma last week at his rural Nkandla homestead where he briefed them about his position going forward.

‘CIVIL UNREST’

The MKMVA has warned that the trampling of Mr Zuma’s rights by the Constitutional Court may result in civil unrest.

According to Mr Maphatsoe, the Association will mobilise society to defend Mr Zuma.

“We want to mobilise not only branches of the ANC but society to also understand the reason why President Jacob Zuma is not going there.”

“That is why I am saying people may react in a very different way, and that is why we are also advising the Constitutional Court that, that was an overreach on the rights of President Jacob Zuma and people may react in a different way that the state may not be able to control,” he said.

ANC NEC DISCUSSION

The matter is being discussed at the ANC NEC meeting currently taking place, with the party’s top leadership expected to meet with Mr Zuma to persuade him to comply with its resolution that members cooperate with the Zondo Commission.

Earlier this week, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal met with the former leader.

Provincial secretary, Mr Mdumiseni Ntuli said that the stalemate between Mr Zuma and the Commission will have grave implications.

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