| ‘He thinks he’s above the legislation’: Zondo fee slams Zuma’s refusal to obey ConCourt summons

Former president Jacob Zuma at the Zondo commission.

Former president Jacob Zuma on the Zondo fee.

Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24

  • The Zondo fee plans to assert extra actions against feeble president Jacob Zuma must he no longer appear ahead of it on 15 February.
  • This after Zuma made it obvious he would boycott the cost no topic an roar by the Constitutional Court.

  • Meanwhile, the secretary of the cost has been truly helpful to lay a criminal complaint against Zuma for no longer performing ahead of it in January 2021.

The Zondo fee has slammed feeble president Jacob Zuma’s announcement that he’ll no longer obey a summons to appear ahead of the roar take inquiry.

In an announcement on Tuesday evening, the cost stated this act confirmed that Zuma regarded as himself to be “above the legislation and the Constitution”.

“It’s to be notorious that, whereas Mr Zuma refuses to study the Constitution and to obey the roar of the Constitutional Court, on the one hand, he continues to revel within the advantages that the Constitution grants to all feeble presidents by manner of his pension and a kind of benefits paid for by the taxpayers,” the cost stated.

The secretary of the cost has been truly helpful to lay a criminal complaint against Zuma for no longer performing from 18 to 22 January 2021.

The assertion also spoke of Zuma’s “attacks” on the integrity of Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, announcing Zondo “will style out those attacks in a separate assertion”.

Following a ruling by the supreme court within the land in favour of the cost, the feeble president made it obvious that he became keen to face jail time rather then appear ahead of the roar take fee to acknowledge to questions on his 9 years rather then job.


In a six-web page assertion released on Monday, Zuma contended that his defiance is motivated by the Constitutional Court’s ruling that he did no longer own a blanket “staunch to silence” constant with the a complete bunch of questions the inquiry wants to save to him.

The nation’s best seemingly court found that, whereas Zuma had a privilege against self-incrimination, he wished to display mask why his response might possibly possibly well incriminate him in a explicit crime in focus on in self belief to exercise it.

Zuma argued that the Constitutional Court “successfully determined that I as an particular individual citizen, might possibly possibly well no longer demand to own my stylish constitutional rights safe and upheld by the nation’s Constitution”.

He added:

I felt moved to publicly insist team spirit with the sentiments and concerns raised with me about a clearly politicised section of the judiciary that now heralds an forthcoming constitutional disaster in this nation.

Lawson Naidoo, a constitutional legislation professional with the Council for the Pattern of the SA Constitution, stated Zuma’s strive to make clear his defiance of the inquiry is tantamount to “blatant” contempt of the cost, Info24 reported.

“The indisputable truth that Zuma did no longer participate within the inquiry’s Constitutional Court case to compel him to appear and acknowledge questions precludes him from now raising arguments that he can own raised there,” Naidoo stated on the time.

“He had the choice to roar his case there, nonetheless he selected no longer to style so…. What he is doing now is nothing more than originate defiance of the inquiry.”

Zuma is attributable to appear ahead of the cost from 15 to 19 February.

Tuesday evening’s assertion stated: “As already indicated, the roar of the Constitutional Court compels Mr Zuma to study that summons by performing ahead of the cost and answering questions that will likely be put to him.”

The assertion also stated: “The cost is fervent that Mr Zuma’s decision to defy the roar of the Constitutional Court and the summons of the cost displays a entire disregard for the rights and interests that South Africans own in acquiring comprehensive responses from him to somewhat a couple of evidence relating to roar take, corruption and fraud that downside him and others linked with him that pronounce to his terms of save of job as president of the nation which were led within the cost at some stage within the last three years.”

– Compiled by Kerushun Pillay, Adiel Ismail and Lwandile Bhengu

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