Johannesburg - Former president Jacob Zuma is giving the commission of inquiry into state capture the run around in its bid to get him to testify before it and respond to damning allegations of impropriety and malfeasance.
The commission chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo announced on Thursday that it had set aside a week for Zuma to give his side of the story and respond to witness statements implicating him including his former Cabinet ministers Nhlanhla Nene, Fikile Mbalula, Pravin Gordhan, Barbara Hogan and Ngoako Ramatlhodi, among other witnesses.
But Zuma has not responded to the commission’s request to confirm his willingness to appear before it in almost two months.
“The commission is currently reflecting on the fact that, after six weeks since it requested that it be furnished with the required undertaking, it has not been furnished with the undertaking and will take such decision(s) as it deems appropriate in due course,” reads the commission’s statement.
According to the commission, it is aware of certain views expressed or accusations made by Zuma against it but does not wish to deal with these issues now and prefers to confine itself to what it communicated on Thursday.