Johannesburg - Although it remains unclear whether former president Jacob Zuma will appear before the Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo chaired State Capture Commission of Inquiry, what has become certain is the commission’s desire to have Zuma appear before it.
Zuma has been implicated in numerous allegations of state capture and corruption by several witnesses, including former Bosasa CEO Angelo Agrizzi and former ANC MP Vyjtie Mentor, who have appeared before the commission since it began its work last August.
According to News24, a letter by the commission’s acting secretary Peter Pedlar to Lungisani Matsha, Zuma’s lawyer, the commission wanted clarity about when the former president would appear before the commission.
The letter to Matsha, reads: “It has become urgent to know whether your client will appear before the commission on the dates given in our letter of April 30, 2019, as we are now about five weeks away from July 15, 2019. We therefore request that your client advises us in writing by no later than Wednesday, June 12, 2019, next week whether he will appear before the commission on those dates.”
Zuma has often downplayed allegations that he had facilitated state capture, corruption and looting of state-owned enterprises through his relationship with the controversial Gupta family.