The Zondo Commission of Inquiry has filed an application to have former President Jacob Zuma jailed for two years.
The Chairperson of the Commission, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, mentioned earlier this month that if Zuma was allowed to ignore his summons to seem, there would be lawlessness and chaos within the courts getting used as a precedent for different witnesses.
Zuma had failed to seem earlier than the Commission. The former President had furnished the Commission with a letter by his legal professionals, alerting it that he wouldn’t seem earlier than the fee till Zondo recused himself.
Zondo had mentioned Zuma had no legitimate or sound motive for not showing.
In a letter, Zuma mentioned a court docket was but to decide his application to have Zondo recused.
He additional mentioned the summons which was issued for his look from February the fifteenth to the nineteenth was irregular and never consistent with the court docket’s order earlier this year.
Below is the letter from Jacob Zuma’s legal professionals:
DA describes Zuma’s actions as stunning
The Democratic Alliance (DA) on the time described the previous president’s non-look on the Commission as stunning. DA Shadow Minister for Justice and Correctional Services Glynis Breytenbach mentioned Zuma ought to undergo the results of his defiance of the regulation.
“His contempt of the court and the Commission cannot be tolerated and those who say they will prevent his arrest are nothing more than overgrown schoolyard bullies. The South African Police and the NPA must act quickly to stop this perception that some people are more equal than others.”
Jacob Zuma’s legal professionals say he is not going to seem earlier than the Commission:
The household of Zuma mentioned there was no quantity of persuasion that might change his view of Zondo.
They mentioned the African National Congress (ANC) nationwide management was welcome to meet with Zuma however that he wouldn’t testify earlier than the State Capture Commission if Zondo didn’t recuse himself.
His son Edward Zuma mentioned on the time, “If the leadership of the ANC wants to engage with former President Jacob Zuma, they are free to do that. I mean [former] President Zuma is their member. He is a member of the African National Congress. Whatever the leadership request, you will be able to listen to them. However, what we want to emphasize, if ever they are trying or their attempt is to convince him to change the decision that he has taken, well, I might as well say ‘no, it’s not going to happen.’ We are sticking to what we’ve said whether you tried to convince him or not convince. He’s not going to change and when maintaining the position, we support him.”
Zuma believes that there’s a stage of bias in opposition to him and an absence of impartiality.
The former president additionally made it clear that he didn’t imagine the idea of State Capture existed, and that it was a political and never an investigative project.
Zuma’s lawyer’s letter to the fee acknowledged that Zuma was “of the firm view” that Zondo’s alleged bias in opposition to him stems from “personal matters and strained relations that the chairperson ought to have disclosed right at the beginning of the inquiry.”
MKMVA helps Zuma
Meanwhile, Mkhonto we Sizwe Military Veteran’s Association (MKMVA) mentioned it was prepared to defend Zuma from arrest.
MKMVA president Kebby Maphatsoe mentioned their members wouldn’t permit the arrest of Zuma to be effected.
MKMVA members proceed to camp outdoors Zuma’s Nkandla house.