Zuma defiance shows he considers himself above the law - Zondo Commission

The Zondo Commission has reacted to Zuma's comments in a late-night statement.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The state capture commission has hit out at former President Jacob Zuma, pointing out his contradictory treatment of the Constitution.

Zuma is refusing to obey the summons ordering him to appear before the Zondo commission of inquiry and participate.

The former president said earlier this week that he would rather go to jail.

READ: Defiant Zuma says won't abide by ConCourt order to appear at Zondo Inquiry

The commission said that the former statesman considered himself to be above both the law and the Constitution.

The state capture commission has pointed out that on the one hand, Zuma refused to comply with the Constitution by disobeying the Constitutional Court ruling that he must appear before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo but on the other hand, he continued to enjoy all the financial benefits that the Constitution granted him as a former president, paid by the taxpayer.

Constitutional law expert, Pierre de Vos said that former presidents did not lose their benefits, it could only be done if the person was still in power and Parliament impeached the person.

But there is one other option, as De Vos explains: "There is no possibility of President Zuma, whether he is convicted or not, losing the benefits that he enjoys as a former statesman. The only other option is for the legislature of Parliament to change the rules around benefits for former presidents."

On Monday, Zuma released a list of what he called injustices against him, criticising the Constitutional Court's findings that he must appear at the inquiry.

Zuma also compared the apex court with apartheid-era courts.

The state capture commission said that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo would respond to Zuma's personal attack on him in a separate statement.

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