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Zuma supporters want Zondo to expand scope of commission

They said, at this stage, it was too narrow and focused on Zuma who was being unfairly targeted.

Supporters of former President Jacob Zuma outside the state capture commission on 15 July 2019. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN.

PARKTOWN - Former President Jacob Zuma's supporters have handed over a memorandum to the state capture inquiry calling on Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to expand the scope of the commission.

They said, at this stage, it was too narrow and focused on Zuma who was being unfairly targeted.

Zuma's supporters calling themselves Concerned Citizens said they were concerned that the commission was biased against Zuma.

The organisation handed over a memorandum on Monday calling on the commission to rectify this.

The organisation said failure to do this would result in the commission losing credibility.

Meanwhile, the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association in Gauteng on Monday said calling Zuma to appear before the state capture inquiry was a declaration of war

Chairperson of the association Gorbachev Moyo said this while addressing a group of Zuma supporters gathered at a park near the commission of inquiry venue in Johannesburg.

Moyo said they would defend Zuma at all costs: “This is the beginning of a war, a war that some of us will not see at the end of the day. We are going to stand up.”

Zuma's supporters on Monday called on the Chief Justice to "have courage" and widen the scope of the inquiry.

One supporter said: "This is a serious problem. The limitations of the state capture commission of inquiry must be acknowledged."

The group claimed the commission would lose credibility if it refused to widen its scope. Supporters said they would return to the commission on Tuesday to support Zuma.

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