By Daniel Itai, Johannesburg, South Africa
Former President, Jacob Zuma, is currently embroiled in a tug of war with the Commission of State Capture which is being chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
Zuma has since refused to partake at the Commission of State Capture citing that the presiding Judge has a vendetta against him.
Carl Niehaus, convenor of the Gauteng Radical Economic Transformation President Zuma Support Group has since said the former South African President will not show up at the Commission until the current presiding Judge is removed.
“Deputy Chief Justice Zondo is biased so today we are marching to the Commission and the Constitutional Court.
We want him to recuse himself because there is no way the former President will get a proper hearing if he is still presiding over the Commission.
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So we want him to recuse himself. We want that Commision to be dissolved,” said Niehaus.
The convenor also downplayed the notion that the former President was the one who appointed the presiding Judge when the Commission was set up in 2018 when he was still President.
“Although the Commission was set up by him. He was appointed by Chief Justice Mogeng Mogeng so we want the Chief Justice to remove him,” added Niehaus.
However, the Deputy Chief Justice has since issued out a summon for the former South African President.
“A summon has been issued for the former President, Jacob Zuma, to appear at the Commission from the 16th to the 20th of November 2020 either virtually or physically,” said the Deputy Chief Justice.
To date, 34 people have since testified at the Commission implicating the former President.