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No doubt feeling the heat at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry, erstwhile president Jacob Zuma seems to be grabbing at several straws. No less than 34 witnesses have implicated him in state capture and the evidence continues to mount. He faces allegations of corruption, influence, and abuse of power during his tenure as president.
South Africans are tired of Zuma’s courtroom antics, including his refusal to appear in court and his bid to have Judge Ray Zondo recused. Zuma’s case is flimsy at best, stating that he will not get a fair hearing because of his “personal history” with Zondo.
When Judge Ray Zondo denied being friends with Zuma or socialising with him beyond meeting at government functions and the opening of parliament, Zuma hit back with a 102-page affidavit. In it, he claims meeting with Zondo at both of his homes.
Commenting on the BizNews article, ‘Jacob Zuma vs Ray Zondo showdown: threats, disgruntled ministers and bias – 5 key takeaways‘,
“If Zondo is such a bad guy why did Zuma appoint him to head the state capture commission? The only answer I can think of is that Zuma thought that he could control him but this seems to not be the case.”
s I recall Zondo was appointed by the chief justice, as per the PP report because Zuma was too compromised to be able to do so.”
He was selected by the CJ and appointed by Zuma.”
An exasperatedSo sick and tired of this. He is the human version of a hangover!! Zondo is not your friend JZ! We all know you only met your real friends at the Saxonwold shebeen.”
This nonsense 102 page affidavit must have cost him a few bob !
— LoveSwaziland (@LoveSwaziland) November 16, 2020
A friend…..who is biased against you and must recurse himself ???
A very special friend indeed.
— Hans HoYan (@hans_hoyan) November 18, 2020
Zuma: “I’m not saying I’m not going to answer the questions. I’m willing to answer the questions.”
4 years later, he has not answered the questions. #StateCaptureInquiry
— Roger Saner (@rogersaner) November 19, 2020
— Zima (@ZimakaBhele) November 19, 2020
After postponements, last-minute affidavits and conflicting ideas on friendship, Zondo announced his decision to dismiss Zuma’s application for his recusal from the State Capture Inquiry. In an abrupt, Zuma-like twist, the former president walked out of court without dismissing himself. Naturally, the Twitterverse exploded.
— Louise Cloete (@yakyak51) November 19, 2020
DCJ Zondo: Let’s take a 15 minutes tea adjournment.
— Siboniso Mchunu (@mchunu_siboniso) November 19, 2020
— MyAviMyheroes🇨🇺🇿🇦🇷🇺🇨🇳🇮🇳 (@BubuLango) November 19, 2020
— Ashley Mendelowitz (@AshMendelo) November 19, 2020
— Lastborn Yaga Sophy (@Precious_Kgwax2) November 19, 2020
Zuma has absolutely no respect for anyone or the judicial system. But we already knew this. SIES. #StateCaptureInquiry
— IG: Charlotte_thepastryprincess (@chef_charlotte) November 19, 2020
How can someone who was captain of the ship when it hit the rocks still be having such an impact on our lives? From his side he has to crash the commission. May the force be with you Judge Raymond as you craft your decision. No wriggle room! He is a good wriggler!”
Not acceptable from the Zuma legal team to simply leave the commission. Their client was there under a subpoena, they brought their recusal application and it has failed. Nothing excuses them to simply have left. #StateCaptureInquiry
— walidbrown (@walidbrown21) November 19, 2020
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