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Zuma wants Zondo probed

by Staff reporter
25 Jun 2022 at 19:42hrs | Views
Former South Africa President Jacob Zuma has instructed his legal team to take the State Capture Commission report on review.

According to JG Zuma Foundation spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi, Zuma will also be reporting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to the Judicial Service Commission in the next two weeks.

This announcement was made on Saturday afternoon by the foundation during a media briefing.

During the proceedings Manyi said specifically, the foundation would be asking the JSC to investigate comments by Zondo regarding Zuma's medical parole.

Manyi said such statements sought to influence pending court proceedings.

Zuma also wants the courts and the JSC to look into his purported personal relationship with Zondo.

The former president also wants Zondo's refusal to recuse himself from the commission to again be probed.

Manyi said Zuma rejected all instalments of the State Capture Report and would also be taking the findings and recommendations on review.

He said Zuma's hand was forced from the onset as he was reduced to a clerical function of appointing Justice Zondo, who was selected by the then Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, despite him preferring a different candidate.

Zuma was meant to be present during the media briefing but did not attend after his legal team advised him against it.

Advocate Dali Mpofu said this decision was taken with his parole conditions in mind.

Mpofu said according to these conditions, Zuma was not permitted to be involved in or address gatherings.

Zuma called the briefing on Saturday to respond to the state capture report issued by Zondo and to outline which steps he would be taking going forward.

In its latest finding, the State Capture Inquiry found the ANC under former president Zuma had "permitted, supported and enabled corruption and state capture."

Zondo went on to question whether the corruption would have been arrested in its tracks had President Cyril Ramaphosa acted with more urgency.

The much-anticipated final instalment of the State Capture Report was released on Wednesday evening - a week after the commission's deadline expired - and the findings against the ANC and Zuma are damning, with Ramaphosa's role also being  questioned.

Source - news24