South Africa: Zuma's Stalingrad - the Former President Who Knows Not...

Former President Jacob Zuma at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture, July 17, 2019.
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Former president Jacob Zuma's second day in the witness box has been marked by tension, frustration, kid gloves and a whole lot of 'I don't knows', or 'I can't recalls'.

Most witnesses have come to the State Capture Commission spilling their guts, and some have wept while describing years of the trauma they endured as public officials for pushing back against corruption or for refusing to execute what they believed were unlawful instructions.

Former president Jacob Zuma is arguably the most important witness to appear before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to date. The venue, usually sparsely attended, was packed on Monday 15 July when Zuma first stepped into the witness box.

"They're here because of me," Zuma commented.

After months of devastating testimony, much of which involved Zuma and/or his friends, the Gupta family or companies linked to them, South Africa was ready to hear from the man who served at the helm of the country during what has been described as one of its most corrupt eras.

But this was no ordinary witness. This is a former president and he has been implicated by multiple witnesses - he is also someone who claims to have been hounded for...

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