The inquiry’s secretary, Prof Itumeleng Mosala, asked the court to declare that Zuma was in contempt of court for disobeying its orders issued in late January.
Former President Jacob Zuma has dragged President Cyril Ramaphosa and judges into his row with the state capture commission of inquiry.
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said Jacob Zuma has “no valid or sound reason not to appear before the commission.”
Jacob Zuma says appearing before the inquiry would “invalidate” his court application to review Raymond Zondo’s decision not to recuse himself.
Malusi Gigaba nevertheless vowed to appear before the state capture inquiry in March “even if it costs me my home.”
The court was scathing on Zuma’s conduct, saying it was “unacceptable” for him to “frustrate” the inquiry’s investigation when he is the one who established it.
Former President Jacob Zuma has indicated that he will not participate in a case aimed at forcing him to testify at the state capture inquiry.
Zizi Kodwa allegedly received “suspicious” payments amounting to R375,000 from businessman Jehan Mackay.
Zondo says Zuma’s departure from the state capture inquiry without permission “impact on the integrity of the commission and rule of law.”
Zondo emphasised that this historical fact has never had any bearing on the execution of his judicial functions in the “many matters” involving Zuma.