OK, now THIS is combating talk: Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has long gone nuclear in his pursuit of justice, confirming that he and his colleagues at the State Capture Inquiry will ‘watch a term of imprisonment’ for Jacob Zuma.
Raymond Zondo ‘to watch imprisonment’ for Jacob Zuma
According to Zondo, the former president ought to be held in contempt for defying a court repeat to attend the DCJ’s Commission. The shock statement was made on the same day Msholozi failed to appear at the State Capture Inquiry.
DCJ says the charge will approach the constitutional court to impose a term of imprisonment for Mr. Zuma. #StateCaptureInquiry
— State Capture Commission (@StateCaptureCom) February 15, 2021
Zondo vs Zuma goes nuclear
On the opposite hand, that initial bravado may be worn out very snappily. The DCJ wants to refer this matter to the ConCourt, and have them deliberate the outstanding issues on this topsy-turvy case. Judges shall be asked to exhaust their possess discretion.
Zondo has spent the day outlining his reasons why Jacob Zuma was in breach of South African Law – namely the Commissions Act – for failing to explain his facet of the story to the state capture panel. Things have long gone very bitter, very snappily, and a gatvol investigations team have now drawn a line within the sand.
Statement from the State Capture Panel:
“If the individual thinks that the summons ought to now not have been issued, the individual has a responsibility to approach the Constitutional Court docket to explain and give reasons for the summons to be region aside. Zuma’s legal team chose now not to challenge the Commission’s application at the ConCourt, which compelled their consumer to appear at the State Capture Inquiry.”
“Mr. Zuma had a full alternative to achieve whatever reasons he believed justified him in now not complying with the summons and allowed the constitutional court to deem on those reasons. It’s a pity that Jacob Zuma has defied the most sensible possible court within the land. It’s a pity that this was achieved by somebody who stood twice and swore to uphold the Structure and rule of law.”
“Our structure tells that we are all equal before the law. Therefore, the charge will approach the constitutional court to impose a term of imprisonment for Mr. Zuma. The Commission will ask for a contempt repeat.”
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