Former president Jacob Zuma on the Zondo fee.
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- Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is predicted to announce his determination on former president Jacob Zuma’s recusal utility on Wednesday at 15:00.
- On Monday, the fee heard Zuma’s utility demanding Zondo recuse himself.
- Zuma’s counsel argued that the fee had purchased right into a narrative that the previous president “tousled our nation”.
Judgment in former president Jacob Zuma’s bid for state seize inquiry chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to recuse himself, is predicted to be delivered on Wednesday at 15:00.
That is in response to a press release issued by the Zondo fee of inquiry into state seize.
On Monday, the fee heard Zuma’s utility demanding that Zondo recuse himself.
Zuma will, nonetheless, not be on the fee when the ruling is delivered.
His counsel, advocate Muzi Sikhakhane, advised the fee the previous president might be attending a funeral.
Throughout arguments on Monday, Sikhakhane mentioned the fee had purchased right into a narrative that Zuma “tousled our nation” by listening to testimony from “sweetheart witnesses”, like Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas and former public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan, “spewing all types of issues from their ethical excessive floor”, News24 reported.
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He added Zondo’s feedback through the testimony meant “political witnesses” latched on to these positions.
“These witnesses have been handled with a sure deference,” Sikhakhane mentioned, including that indicated a “thoughts that’s inclined to agree with a selected sort of witness”.
And this, he mentioned, led Zuma to view the fee as “the grave to bury him”.
He additionally advised Zondo that in the event that they lose the appliance, they’re going to assessment it, and if he’s pressured to carry Zuma to the stand, “he’ll train his proper to say nothing”.
In the meantime, the fee’s proof chief, Advocate Paul Pretorius SC, mentioned Zondo’s recusal will collapse the fee. He additionally mentioned there was no indication of precise bias positioned on report and that Zondo was obliged to do all the things in his energy to make sure Zuma seems earlier than the fee.
Pretorius additionally mentioned up to now, the previous president had not supplied his full cooperation.