South Africa: Zondo Commission - Zuma Must Stop Playing the Victim Card

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Attorneys for former president Jacob Zuma have called for the recusal of Judge Raymond Zondo from the State Capture Commission, citing 'strained relations' between Zondo and Zuma and Zondo's alleged 'biased disposition'. Zuma has once again played the victim card.

The State Capture Commission was established in January 2018 on the recommendations of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela contained in her 2016 State of Capture report. The North Gauteng High Court concurred with Madonsela's recommendation that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng should select the judge to head the commission, after which then-president Jacob Zuma should establish it. Justice Mogoeng subsequently selected Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who Zuma then appointed as chairperson of the commission.

It was Zuma who also appointed Zondo as Deputy Chief Justice in June 2017 following the retirement of Justice Dikgang Moseneke.

In his statement, Zuma said Zondo had served on many commissions and committees, such as the "Goldstone Commission of Inquiry regarding the Prevention of Violence and Intimidation as well as the Ministerial Task Team which was established in 1994 to draft the Labour Relations Bill for post-apartheid South Africa".

Against this background, the letter from Mabuza Attorneys to Zondo on 28 September 2020...

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