Zondo Denies Meeting Zuma Before His Walkout At Commission

Zuma abruptly left the State Capture Commission in November 2020, where he was scheduled to give testimony, after being implicated by dozens of witnesses.

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The Chairperson of the State Capture Inquiry, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, has dismissed media reports claiming that he had met with former president Jacob Zuma, prior to his dramatic walkout during proceedings.

“The Commission wishes to make it clear that the Chairperson did not have any meeting with Mr Jacob Zuma whether before or after his walk-out from the Commission proceedings. Advocate Paul Pretorius SC was also never part of any meeting with Mr Zuma,” the commission secretary Prof Itumeleng Mosala said in a statement.

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Zuma abruptly left the State Capture Commission in November 2020, where he was scheduled to give testimony, after being implicated by dozens of witnesses. A decision by Zondo to dismiss Zuma’s application to have the chairperson recuse himself, prompted the former president and his legal counsel to leave.

According to IOL, Zuma had told Zondo in his Chambers that he was willing to give his side of the story, but only in writing because he didn’t want to be humiliated by the evidence leader, advocate Paul Pretorius.

The publication cited “sources” who claimed that Zuma had insisted on being allowed to make written submissions, answering specific questions. IOL alleges that while Zondo was open to the idea, Pretorius refused.

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However the commission has said that had Zuma entered Zondo’s Chambers, it would have been caught on camera, given that the proceedings are livestreamed.

“If Mr Zuma had gone to the Chairperson’s Chambers at the venue of the hearing before he walked out, this would have been captured on camera because he would have been seen going towards the door that leads to the Chairperson’s Chambers. That is the door from which the Chairperson is always seen entering the venue of the hearing every day. If anybody watches the Commission proceedings of the 19thof November 2020, they will not see Mr Zuma walking towards the door that leads to the Chairperson’s Chambers,” Mosala further said.

Zondo filed charges against Zuma following his walkout and as of January 2021, the Hawks have since taken over the investigation.

“There was a contempt charges laid against one of the prominent state capture inquiry witnesses who was called to account to the commission. The person allegedly walked out of the inquiry and consequently, a charge was laid at the Hillbrow Police Station,” the Hawks said.

 

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