Defiant Zuma says won't abide by ConCourt order to appear at Zondo Inquiry
In a statement, former President Jacob Zuma likened the Constitutional Court to the apartheid government and said that it was politicised.
JOHANNESBURG - Former President Jacob Zuma said that he would no longer cooperate with the state capture commission as long as it was chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo and that he was prepared to be arrested and go to prison.
In a statement released on Monday morning, Zuma likened the Constitutional Court to the apartheid government and said that it was politicised.
He said that the apex court had decided that he, as an individual citizen, could no longer expect to have his basic constitutional rights protected and upheld by the country’s Constitution.
Zuma said that he would remain defiant like he did during apartheid and he would not abide by the court's judgement that compelled him to appear at the commission.
Former President Jacob Zuma said that the Constitutional Court mimicked the state capture commission in that it had now also created a special and different set of rules specifically designed to deal with him, the same way that the apartheid government did with PAC leader, Robert Sobukwe.
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He said that the injustice started when former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela decided that the chairperson of the commission should be appointed by the chief justice and not the president as was the normal and correct legal procedure.
Zuma said that even Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng initially said that the commission would be chaired by Judge Siraj Desai but shortly after told him that it would be chaired by Zondo.
He said that he wanted Zondo out because he downplayed their relationship and has repeatedly intervened financially in matters pertaining to the maintenance of the child that Zondo revealed he fathered with the Zuma’s wife’s sister.
Zuma said that he did not fear being arrested, detained and incarcerated.
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