BLF demands fair hearing for Duduzane Zuma at Zondo commission

According to a Sunday statement by the commission spokesperson, Duduzane Zuma’s testimony will begin at 10 am on 7 October 2019.

FILE: Duduzane Zuma. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Black First Land First (BLF) has come out to show its support for Duduzane Zuma ahead of his testimony at the state capture commission of inquiry on Monday.

According to a Sunday statement by the commission spokesperson, Zuma’s testimony will begin at 10 am on 7 October 2019.

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The former president’s son has been fingered by former finance deputy minister Mcebisi Jonas and former African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament Vytjie Mentor as having facilitated underhanded deals between the state and the controversial Gupta family.

The former deputy finance minister wrote an affidavit which stated that he was called to a meeting with Zuma, Ajay Gupta and Fana Hlongwane where Gupta allegedly offered him R600 million and the position of finance minister if he agreed to work with them.

The three filed affidavits in which they accused Jonas of lying.

In a statement published by the BLF on Sunday, the party claimed that Zuma was a “victim of a political vendetta by the Cyril Ramaphosa administration which is abusing state institutions like the Zondo commission to settle political scores in service of white monopoly capital”.

“The treatment that Duduzane Zuma has thus far received at the hands of the Ramaphosa administration clearly indicates that the prejudice he suffers is only because he is the son of President Jacob Zuma,” the statement further read.

This wouldn’t be the first time BLF has come to Zuma’s defence. The party’s leader Andile Mngxitama once said that Duduzane was being attacked because he was former President Jacob Zuma’s son during his court appearance for the culpable homicide charges he was facing, related to a deadly Sandton car crash he was involved in back in 2014.

The BLF said it was of the view that none of the issues that Duduzane was expected to testify on at the Zondo commission would be addressed through a just evaluation of the evidence as it believed that the quasi-judicial processes of the commission were driven by white monopoly capital interest.

“BLF demands that the Zondo commission corrects its ways and gives Duduzane Zuma a fair hearing tomorrow. We stand with Duduzane Zuma, in the same way, we stand with President Zuma – all the way!”

The BLF's Zanele Lwana said: “A free and fair appearance and how the commission is going to conduct its work tomorrow so that we do not see a biased approach because he is the son of the former president of the country.”

Additional reporting by Masechaba Sefularo and Thando Khubeka