Zuma Defies ConCourt, Won't Appear At State Capture Inquiry

Former South African president Jacob Zuma's lawyers have formally informed the Commission on State Capture that he will not be appearing before it. His lawyers say that Zuma is waiting for an outcome on his review application for Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to recuse himself. Zuma was meant to appear before the commission from February 15 to 19 after the Constitutional Court told him to abide by a summons to appear before the commission.

Zuma has in the past not only called on Judge 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. Zuma was first implicated in state capture in former public protector Thuli Madonsela's report that highlighted widespread corruption in government and other sectors.

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Former president Jacob Zuma (file photo).

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