South Africa: Zuma's Move to Recuse Zondo - Cynicism Meets Panic Meets Staggering Hypocrisy

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The former president's latest move against the chair of the Zondo Commission is a new low, even for him. And while his cynicism is more than breathtaking, it is his inconsistency that is staggering.

On Monday evening it emerged that lawyers for former president Jacob Zuma had written to the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, asking its chair, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, to recuse himself. Their stated complaint: they believe Zondo is biased against Zuma.

The cynicism of this move is remarkable for many reasons, and continues a persistent pattern of Zuma's behaviour from at least 2006. But it also demonstrates the strategy to use court action to delay the final findings of the commission, giving some measure of protection to people who may have findings against them. As a result, the likes of Mosebenzi Zwane may be able to retain their positions in Parliament and the ANC's National Executive Committee for a longer period.

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