Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has announced that former President Jacob Zuma wishes to continue to cooperate with the state capture commission and that he has withdrawn his decision to halt his testimony.
“We’ve come to tell you, chair… because of the reservations we’ve raised… my client has raised that he will take no part in these proceedings,” said Zuma’s lawyer Adv Muzi Sikhakhane earlier.
Sikhakhane said “a crisis has been created here” because of a lack of clarity on the rules for the evidence leaders.
Sikhakhane says the nine witnesses who testified against Zuma – Themba Maseko, Vytjie Mentor, Nhlanhla Nene, Fikile Mbalula, Angelo Agrizzi, Pravin Gordhan and others – treated Zuma as someone who must come and answer. Someone who has been accused.
“Everyone who came, who was selected from government, had a grievance against him,” he said.
Evidence leader Paul Pretorius said: “The commission’s legal team wishes to place on record that it will not make any concessions in that regard… (in carrying out its powers).”
The two legal team have now reached an agreement and Zuma will appear at a later stage.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.