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.”
KZN ANC provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli said Zuma’s possible arrest would have profound implications for the ANC and South Africa.
Jacob Zuma should be given time and space to think about his appearance before the Zondo commission, Cyril Ramaphosa has said.
Mabuyane emphasised that no individual is “above the law and the constitution of the land” and that no single ANC member is above the organisation.
Jacob Zuma has vowed to no longer cooperate with the state capture inquiry, saying he is prepared to go to prison “to defend constitutional rights.”
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.