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Former South African President Jacob Zuma again did not appear before the commission to investigate widespread corruption during his nine years in power on Monday, defying a South African court decision.
In January, the Constitutional Court, the highest court in the country seized by the commission of inquiry, issued a decision requiring Zuma to appear and depriving him of his right to remain silent.
Despite this, Jacob Zuma's lawyers warned Monday that their client "would not appear before the commission" before which he is again summoned all week.
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Since the creation of this commission in 2018, the former head of state (2009-2018) has been stepping up maneuvers to avoid testifying, piling up appeals or asserting his right to silence.
Zuma has been demanding for several months the challenge of the chairman of the commission, Judge Raymond Zondo, whom he accuses of being biased. In this standoff, Judge Zondo refused to recuse himself, Jacob Zuma asked for this decision to be reviewed.
If the former president now agreed to appear before the commission, that "would undermine and invalidate his request for a review of the decision (of Judge Zondo, editor's note) not to recuse himself", explain his lawyers in their letter.
The day before, the historic ruling party, the ANC, recalled in a press release the need for its members to cooperate with the commission: "Allowing anything else would lead to anarchy and open the doors to the counter-revolution".
Jacob Zuma, 78, testified only once before the commission, in July 2019, but quickly slammed the door, taking offense to being treated as an "accused" and not as a witness. He then appeared in November 2020, but without speaking.
Mired in scandals, Zuma was forced to resign and replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa, who promised to eradicate corruption.
Dozens of ministers or ex-ministers, elected officials, businessmen or senior officials have already been heard, unpacking the dirty laundry of the Zuma era.
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Judge wants Zuma jailed for 'contempt of court' .
South Africa's ex-president ignores a summons to appear before an anti-corruption inquiry.Mr Zuma, 79, ignored a summons to appear before a commission of inquiry being chaired by Justice Ray Zondo.