Testify or Else, South African Court Tells Jacob Zuma

The Constitutional Court has ordered former South African president Jacob Zuma to abide by a summons to appear before the state capture commission and give evidence before it. The unanimous decision of the highest court means that should Zuma not appear on February 15 as per his summons, and without sufficient cause, he would not only be in breach of the Commissions Act but would be in breach of an order of the highest court in the land. The Constitutional Court also declared that Zuma does not have the right to remain silent before the commission, but witnesses do have the privilege against self-incrimination. Zuma has in the past not only called on Judge Raymond Zondo to recuse himself from the Commission, but also questioned the constitutionality of the legal body which was established to probe allegations of state capture among companies, individuals, and high-ranking government officials.


President Jacob Zuma (file photo).

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