An explosive letter shared by one of Jacob Zuma’s lawyers has lambasted the state capture inquiry for “trying to humiliate” the former president after he was summoned to the Zondo Commission last week.
Zuma has been asked to appear from 15 – 19 July, in order to give his version of events after being implicated by several of his former colleagues. Although the letter – obtained by Business Day – did confirm Msholozi would appear on the prescribed dates, it seems he’ll be going there kicking and screaming.
Jacob Zuma’s response to the state capture inquiry
It was also revealed last week that Jacob Zuma has been in contact with the state capture inquiry, too. Their statement claims that the ex-head of state has asked to be presented with the questions he’ll be asked next month. The commission, unsurprisingly, has refused to grant him this luxury.
This has also become another reason for Zuma and his legal team to throw their toys out of the pram: They claim that their client has already shown his willingness to co-operate by asking for questions in advance – a view that is not unilaterally shared outside of JZ’s camp.
What was in the letter?
In fact, the letter was full of extraordinary accusations…
- According to them, the state capture inquiry is “impartial” and “biased against Jacob Zuma”.
- They claim Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo “seeks his own truth”.
- The state capture inquiry’s letter to Zuma has been dismissed as an attempt to “instigate the public” against Msholozi.
- Zuma and his lawyers also believe this is part of a campaign to “ambush” him.
#StateCaptureInquiry The letter claims that the @StateCaptureCom wants Zuma delivered for public display, in order to ambush and humiliate him. It also reports, “You will have Mr Zuma at the dates you have unilaterally determined.” Those dates are 15 to 19 July 2019.
— Erin Bates (@ermbates) June 25, 2019
Who has implicated Jacob Zuma at the state capture inquiry?
The likes of Fikile Mbalula, Angelo Agrizzi and Pravin Gordhan have already implicated uBaba in wrongdoing. In ten months of the state capture inquiry, the name of “Jacob Zuma” continues to crop-up, from allegations of bribery to claims that he was autonomously dictating how certain state enterprises should conduct their business.