Zondo commission to hear application to summons Zuma after postponements

Jacob Zuma. Image credit: Flickr/GovernmentZA

The commission of inquiry into state capture will next week hear an application to summons former President Jacob Zuma to appear before it.

In a statement on Friday, the inquiry, which is chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, said it will resume hearings on Tuesday next week after taking a break for the festive season.

It added, “On Tuesday January 14, the chair will hear an application that will be moved by the commission’s legal team for an order authorising the acting secretary of the commission to issue a summons for the former President, Mr Jacob Zuma, to appear before the commission from January 27-31.”

Postponements of Zuma’s appearance

Zuma first appeared at the inquiry in July 2019 and was meant to reappear after testifying for several days.

He was then scheduled to appear in October, but he requested for a postponement to prepare for his application for a permanent stay of prosecution in his corruption trial related to the arms deal.

The inquiry subsequently announced that the ex-President would appear in mid-November, but issued a statement shortly afterwards saying it had been informed that he was “ill.”

The inquiry’s legal team nows appears to have decided to compel Zuma to testify by applying for a summons order.

‘Areas of interest’

Zuma was expected to shed more light on his links with the infamous Gupta brothers as well as the firing for Nhlanhla Nene and Pravin Gordhan.

Other “areas of interest” the inquiry identified for his testimony include the proposed nuclear deal with Russia and testimonies of ex-GCIS head Themba Maseko and former minister Barbara Hogan, among others.

In his last appearance at the inquiry in July, Zuma made sensational claims about certain African National Congress (ANC) leaders being apartheid spies.

He specifically mentioned former ministers Ngoako Ramatlhodi and Siphiwe Nyanda, who have since denied the claims.

In an interview with IOL this week, Ramatlhodi said he approached the inquiry to compel Zuma to take a lie detector test over his claims.

However, the inquiry reportedly told Ramatlhodi that it did not have such a provision and advised him to file a sworn affidavit, which Zuma would then respond to in his testimony.

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