Zuma may go to jail as commission bares fangs


Zuma may go to jail as commission bares fangs


By Tasie Theodore


With the commission of inquiry into acts of state capture baring its fangs, feelers are that former President Jacob Zuma may go to jail if he persists in his present course of action to not appear before the inquiry.


Recall that Zuma had walked out on the commission last week after the commission’s chairman, Raymond Zondo had ruled that he would not recuse himself from continuing to preside over the sessions as had been demanded by the former President of the Republic of South Africa.


Following that snub, the judge has presently instructed the commission’s secretary to lay a formal complaint before the Police to investigate Zuma’s conduct even as there are also reported plans to bring the issue before South Africa’s Constitutional Court to pronounce a ‘contempt of court’ declaration on the action of the former President.


“The decision by Mr Zuma to leave the commission without permission and in the face of a valid and binding summons is a serious matter.. As long as the summons stood it was binding and it was not up to him to excuse himself. Nevertheless Mr. Zuma did excuse himself,” the judge declared.


Zuma, the rainbow nation’s third post-apartheid leader, had been forced out of office when a majority of the leaders of the ruling African National Congress, ANC moved against him after there had been lingering complaints of corruption and abuse of office.



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