Former president Jacob Zuma cannot meet his Monday deadline to respond to the state capture inquiry because he is in hospital in another country, according to a letter from his lawyers.
Apparently, the hospital is in Cuba – meanwhile, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s finger hovers over a subpoena.
The ANC is shocked just like most people by news reports that former president Jacob Zuma had taken ill and is undergoing treatment in Cuba.
The party’s national spokesperson, Pule Mabe, said to the media on Sunday: “Well, like yourselves, we’ve seen media reports that suggest the health of the former president of the ANC might be ailing. If that was to be true we, of course, wish him well and a speedy recovery,”
The Sunday World reported that Zuma was in Cuba seeking treatment for an illness linked to an alleged poison plot from 2014.
This despite the National Prosecuting Authority declining in September to investigate claims of him being poisoned, saying there was no evidence such an act had taken place.
Zuma also missed a scheduled appearance at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture in November, claiming he was sick. Though his lawyers
It was also reported last month he was hospitalised for a week in November for an unknown ailment.
Bongani Bongo was either scouting hospitals for Zuma in Cuba or his results from the hospital he visited are so good he recommended it to Zuma.
— GibraltarZA (@GibraltarZA) December 8, 2019
Comment: Perhaps because Dec 9 is deadline for former president Zuma to make representations on why @RediTlhabi should not be granted the right to cross-examine him at the Zondo commission of inquiry for the allegations he made about her. https://t.co/HM6FPbxaq0
— Ferial Haffajee (@ferialhaffajee) December 8, 2019