Zondo grants subpoena for Zuma to appear at inquiry
Zuma is due to appear at 10am from 16 November to 20 November 2020.
Zuma is due to appear at 10am from 16 November to 20 November 2020. Zondo ruled that Zuma could choose to testify via video link.
The Deputy Chief Justice authorised and directed the commission’s secretary to sign and issue the summons requiring Zuma to appear on the set dates.
DCJ says he's satisfied with the submissions of the legal team that this is a matter in which he should run the application, he says he will issue a summons for Zuma to appear at 10:00 on the 16th to the 20th November 2020 in this venue.#StateCaptureInquiry— State Capture Commission (@StateCaptureCom) October 9, 2020
Earlier on Friday, the commission heard that Zuma’s appearance at the inquiry is necessary and desirable for it to conduct its work.
The commission’s evidence leader, Advocate Paul Pretorius, told Zondo there were several reasons why a summons had to be issued against Zuma.
The secretariat applied for the former president to be summoned to appear before the commission because he was refusing to attend the inquiry.
Zuma cited preparation for his upcoming corruption trial as a reason why he could not attend the proceedings and went further by calling for Zondo to recuse himself.
Pretorius said there were many reasons why Zuma needed to appear.
“Firstly, much, if not most of the corruption and acts which might constitute state capture, occurred during his term of office as president of the republic,” he said.
Zuma’s lawyers were not present during the application.
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