Zondo to rule on Zuma's recusal application on Wednesday afternoon

Isaac Mahlangu Senior reporter
Deputy Justice, Raymond Zondo
Deputy Justice, Raymond Zondo

The state capture inquiry has announced that its chair and deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo will deliver his ruling in former president Jacob Zuma's application for his recusal at 3pm on Wednesday.

Zondo said on Tuesday that he was not ready to deliver his ruling on the application but was aiming to do so on Wednesday morning.

A media statement released by the commission on Wednesday morning stated that the ruling will now be delivered in the afternoon.

Zuma's legal representative advocate Muzi Sikhakhane before the commission on Monday argued that Zondo's comments during and after the testimony of some witnesses fed into the narrative that Zuma is the man who destroyed our country.

According to Sikhakhane, the inquiry's selection of witnesses was also a cause for concern for Zuma.

“It does not matter what we say about Mr Zuma, the narrative is that he is an accused. This commission's choice of witnesses, this commission’s comments and this commission’s approach to issues he has raised about this commission,” argued Sikhakhane.

The commission's evidence leader advocate Paul Pretorius, in response, argued that Zuma's arguments have failed to meet the standard set by the Constitutional Court for a judge's recusal.

He argued that there was nothing on record that showed any bias by Zondo against the former president.

Zuma had already indicated that he wouldn't attend Wednesday's proceedings as he had a funeral to attend.

Deputy Chief Justice delivered judgement on an application for his recusal from the State Capture Commission, brought forward by former president Jacob Zuma on November 19 2020. But things took a turn after the former president left the commission during an adjournment.

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