Zondo grants summons for Zuma at State Capture commission

Zondo grants summons for Zuma at State Capture commission

Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo has granted an application to summon former President Jacob Zuma to appear before the State Capture Commission of Inquiry in November.

Jacob Zuma

The application was brought by the commission’s legal head, advocate Paul Pretorius.


This comes after Zuma's failure to appear in September when he stated that he was ill.


His lawyers have further sent a letter to the commission demanding that Zondo will have to recuse himself before Zuma can appear.


Zuma and his lawyers believe the Deputy Chief Justice has already found him guilty of state capture.


"Mr. Zuma's evidence is a necessary part of the commission's works because of the following reasons. Firstly, much if not most of the corruptions and acts which might constitute state capture occurred during his term of office as the president, secondly the commission's terms of reference," said Pretorius on Friday.

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Zondo agreed with him and added that he has powers to force Zuma to appear.


"He has the right to waive his right to be heard and I cannot force him for purposes of observing that right, but where I can force him as I understand the law is where I believe he has information that can assist the commission. I would be forcing him to do my work and investigate," said Zondo.


34 witnesses have implicated Zuma and Zondo said the evidence before him is serious and cannot be ignored.


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