ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE HEART OF TRUST
Article by: Dumisane Dube
Former president Jacob Zuma is defying the Constitutional Court order that he appears before the Zondo commission, saying he is being unfairly treated by the judiciary.
In a statement he says he is not afraid of being arrested, convicted or imprisoned.
The commission has already laid charges against Zuma for walking out of proceedings in 2020.
If he ignores summons former president could face a sentence of up to six months in prison and a fine.
“I, therefore, state in advance that the Commission into Allegations of State Capture can expect no further co-operation from me in any of their processes going forward. If this stance is considered to be a violation of their law, then let their law take its course,” the statement reads.
The Constitutional Court ordered Zuma to testify before the commission. It’s ruled that he doesn’t enjoy the right to remain silent.
“I do not fear being convicted nor do I fear being incarcerated,” the former president said in a statement.
The former president claims that the highest court in the land has been politicized.
Political analyst Sandile Swana Says Former president Jacob Zuma in defiant of the Constitutional Court order, State Commission chair, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has got no option now but to send the police to go arrest the former president.
“Zondo should have either subpoenaed Zuma or arrested him and compelled him like any other witness. So he has no choice now but to send the police to go fetch Zuma and put him in jail,” said Swana.
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