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Jacob Zuma leaves Zondo commission illegally



Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, in a 55-minute ruling, refused to withdraw from the commission of inquiry into state capture.

He delivered a verdict after the former pres. Jacob Zuma had earlier asked him to withdraw because they would be friends and because Zondo would be biased towards the former president.

Zondo rejected these claims by Zuma with a detailed statement of reasons and pointed out how Zuma constantly tries to escape from appearing before the commission.

Zondo’s ruling on the proposed withdrawal led to Zuma’s legal representative, Adv. Muzi Sikhakhane SC said they would take Zondo’s ruling on review to the Supreme Court and left the proceedings.

Adv. Paul Pretorius, for the commission, said Zuma’s planned cross-examination should continue immediately. However, Sikhakhane argued that the proposed legal process in court should only now begin.

Before the hearing adjourned, Zondo stressed that Zuma had been summoned to testify before the commission from Monday to Friday, unless he was excused by Zondo.

Zondo said Zuma left the session without asking permission.

“This is a serious issue .”

Zuma was scheduled to testify on several issues the commission is investigating.

“It’s a shame he decided to walk without permission.”

Zondo said before adjourning the session that there was no point in the commission sitting for the rest of the day.

There will also be no sitting on Friday, because according to Zondo, Zuma will not return.



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