South Africa: Zuma's Hit & Run Testimony - Jury's Out On Who Outfoxed Whom

Former President Jacob Zuma at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture, July 17, 2019.

Former president Jacob Zuma's legal team threatened to suspend his appearance at the State Capture Commission, claiming he had been brought there under false pretences, but it was the dotting of the 'i's and the crossing of the 't's that caused Zuma to admit to being 'worried'.

Has team Zuma outfoxed the State Capture Commission? Or, is its legal strategy informed by a panicked response after his elaborate opening speech made way for some uncomfortable questions in pursuit of the truth?

It would be disingenuous to pretend that former president Jacob Zuma didn't claim control of the room on Monday when he stepped into the witness box before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

Accompanied by a heavyweight legal team, Zuma arrived, not under subpoena as an implicated party to answer to serious allegations of wrongdoing under oath, but rather as a guest of the commission, so say his lawyers.

This, they argue, means he can't be grilled about witness claims that he auctioned the country off to the Guptas, or that he enabled them to influence the hiring and firing of Cabinet ministers or executives at state-owned companies or, that he had aided them in their raid on state coffers....

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