Former president Jacob Zuma made a startling opening to the second day of the state capture inquiry in Johannesburg on July 16, 2019.
He told the commission on the very beginning of his testimony that his life has been under danger since three decades back – saying outside and knowledge offices had endeavored to cut him down.
Zuma tended to the new dangers on Tuesday morning before proceeding with his declaration. He told the commission his PA received a call Monday night to state: “Tell Zuma we are doing to kill him, his children, and people around him”. He said his senior counsel was also threatened.
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said the alleged threats on Zuma’s life and that of his counsel were unacceptable. But he conceded to Zuma that while the commission would investigate and assist him following the claim, he was uncertain whether Zuma did not already have maximum protection by virtue of being a former head of state.
“Ordinarily with regards to other witnesses, I would urge the commission to take necessary steps to make sure a witness who’s giving evidence in the commission gets all the protection they can give. What I don’t know is whether you don’t already have maximum protection. I don’t know if there’s anything beyond the protection you get.”
He asserted that even the lives of his children and the groups of his legal counselors were threatened during the puzzling telephone call to his associate at Luthuli House.
— Surge Zirc (@SurgeZirc) July 16, 2019