South Africa: Recusal Judgment Delayed As Jacob Zuma Tables New Details of 'Friendship' With Judge Zondo

Former president Jacob Zuma (file photo).
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'In fact, we met even after you were appointed to chair the State Capture Commission.' This is what former president Jacob Zuma has told State capture inquiry judge Raymond Zondo, in an affidavit. The ruling on the judge's recusal was postponed on Wednesday after Zuma submitted the affidavit disputing the judge's testimony and insisting the two were friends. The ruling will now take place on Thursday morning.

Former President Jacob Zuma has disputed that he and the State Capture Commission of Inquiry chairperson Judge Raymond Zondo are acquaintances and not friends. In fact, he says in his affidavit; he saw the judge after he was appointed to chair the inquiry in 2018.

Zondo said on Monday November 16 that he had not been to Zuma's presidential office nor did he go to his official residence for a one-on-one meeting while he was president.

In a new affidavit sent to Zondo on Tuesday, 17 November, Zuma states:

"The improbability of this assertion by the Chairperson is obvious. I assume that the period of my Presidency to which he refers includes the very period during which the Chief Justice selected him as the Judge who would preside over the Commission......

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