Former President Jacob Zuma has announced he will not be appearing before the State Capture Commission, despite a ruling by the Constitutional Court, ordering him to do so.
Justice Chris Jaftha ruled that Zuma should abide by his summons and appear before the commission on 15 February 2021. However, it seems not even the highest court in the land can get the former president to take the stand.
“I am left with no other alternative but to be defiant against injustice as I did against the apartheid government. I am again prepared to go to prison to defend the Constitutional rights that I personally fought for and to serve whatever sentence that this democratically elected government deems appropriate as part of the special and different laws for Zuma agenda,” Zuma said.
Possibly considering the implications of his decision, Msholozi, himself a struggle activist, said he does not fear being arrested. The former president maintains that the justice system has been politicised, particularly to work against him and has essentially declared war against the State Capture Commission, saying he would no longer cooperate.
“It is clear that the laws of this country are politicized even at the highest court in the land. Recently at the State Capture Commission, allegations made against the judiciary have been overlooked and suppressed by the chairperson himself,” he said.
Zuma further reiterated that he is being targeted via the commission, which is led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. “It is also patently clear to me that I am being singled out for different and special treatment by the judiciary and the legal system as a whole.
“I, therefore, state in advance that the Commission Into Allegations of State Capture can expect no further co-operation from me in any of their processes going forward. If this stance is considered to be a violation of their law, then let their law take its course,” he said.