State Capture awaits Zuma testimony despite declaration of defiance
Jacob Zuma was meant to appear before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo from 15 to 19 February, as compelled by the Constitutional Court when it ruled that the former president oblige and testify.
JOHANNESBURG - The State Capture Commission is awaiting to receive former president Jacob Zuma on Monday on what is expected to be an interesting week at the commission. The question, however, is whether or not Zuma will stick by his word and not appear.
Zuma was meant to appear before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo from 15 to 19 February, as compelled by the Constitutional Court when it ruled that the former president oblige and testify.
This ruling, however, was met with defiance when Zuma stated that he would defy the highest court in the land and was prepared to go to jail over it.
The Commission has set aside the week of 15-19 February 2021 for the hearing of the evidence of the former President Jacob Zuma and the Chairperson, evidence leaders and all relevant Commission personnel will be at the hearing venue on Monday, 15 February 2021 at 10:00. pic.twitter.com/jnO82dYp4lState Capture Commission (@StateCaptureCom) February 14, 2021
Zuma has received support for his decision from his closest allies in the African National Congress (ANC) such as Ace Magashule, who called for Zuma to be "left alone", as well as Umkhonto Wesizwe Military Veterans' Association leader Kebby Maphatsoe, who warned there would be consequences if Zuma were to be arrested.
On the other side of the spectrum, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal made an appeal to the party's national executive committee (NEC) to help it make Zuma understand the implications of his refusal.
ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa said Zuma perhaps needed more time to think about his decision.