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ConCourt orders Zuma to appear at state capture inquiry

It further ordered the former president to obey all directives issued by the commission and ruled that he did not have the right to remain silent in proceedings before the commission.

FILE: Former President Jacob Zuma at the state capture inquiry in Johannesburg on 17 November 2020. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Constitutional Court has ordered former President Jacob Zuma to appear and give evidence before the state capture commission of inquiry on dates determined by it.

It further ordered the former president to obey all directives issued by the commission and ruled that he did not have the right to remain silent in proceedings before the commission.

Justice Chris Jafta said the former president had been ordered to obey all summons issued by the commission, meaning he must appear and give evidence.

Jafta also clarified that Zuma needed to participate in the proceedings.

“It is declared that Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma does not have the right to remain silent in proceedings before the commission. It is declared that (he) is entitled to all privileges under section 3, sub 4 of the Commission’s Act, including the privilege against self-incrimination.”

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Zuma was also ordered to pay the commission's costs in this matter.

The commission approached the apex court last year following Zuma's refusal to cooperate with the inquiry, Chaired By Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

Zuma has been directly and indirectly implicated in the capture of the state through his association with the infamous Gupta family and its businesses by various witnesses.