Zondo rejects claims of having private relations with Zuma
Nombuso Asanda Dlamini
Deputy Chief of Justice Raymond Zondo has denied having personal relations with the former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.
Zondo was talking on the graduation of the applying filed by Zuma that Zondo disqualifies himself from listening to his testimony on the State capture Commission.
“Our personal relationship has been a cordial and pleasant one over the years but did not, generally speaking, involve discussions of any serious matters. This had to be so because we would normally interact wen we met at the opening of Parliament or other government or State functions,” Zondo said in a statement.
Zondo continued to state that neither he nor Zuma attended each other’s family funerals or gatherings and that the last time they invited each other to official meetings was 13 years ago.
“Mr Zuma has never been to any of the houses I have lived with my family since the early 1990s and I have never invited him. He only met my wife at the opening of parliament and other government functions.” he added.
A hashtag #ZondoVSZuma has been making rounds on all social media platforms with people having mixed feelings on the matter. A Twitter user by the name Butho Siwela tweeted “There he goes Zondo denies relationship with Zuma”.
Another Twitter user, Bongani Bingwa twitted “today’s showdown! The former president wants the judge to recuse himself because e says he is biased against him. Same tired trick? Why would an innocent man try to dodge accountability so long? Will he ever face the music?
The Deputy Chief of Justice also rejected claims made by Zuma that he is biased in opposition to the previous President due their historic private relationship.