Zondo says Zuma has left the State Capture without his permission
On Thursday former president Jacob Zuma made an appearance at the State Capture Commission after he made an application to have the commission chair and Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondi rescued from his duties.
Zondo has made an announcement that Zuma has left without being excused, and that the commission would adjourn and reflect on steps to take
“It is a pity that he elected to leave without asking for permission. This is a serious matter,” Zondo said.
Zuma’s recusal application has failed and Zondo pointed out the patent peculiarity of raising ‘so late in the day’ the fact of Zuma’s (putative) friend being appointed to chair the commission.
He argued that Zuma had no concerns three years ago, and that it’s difficult to impute genuine concerns about the chair’s bona fides now.
Zuma’s legal representative, Adv Sikhakhane, denied in response to the decision, that him/his client want to be excused from the proceedings, and will lodge a complaint with the JSC to the effect that it is wrong of Zondo to be a witness and a judge on a particular matter.
Zondo insisted that he is not friends with Zuma and meeting between the two was official rather social