The Former President, Jacob Zuma has told the world that he will not be appearing before the state capture commission of inquiry. Zuma has disobeyed the summons issued by the Commission requiring him to appear before it from the 15 to 19 February 2021 to answer questions after being implicated by several witnesses at the Commission.
Zuma has defied the order of the Constitutional Court to appear before the Commission to present evidence and obey all the orders given by the inquiry.
According to a statement released by the Commission on Monday Zuma‘s decision that he will defy the order of the country‘s highest court and the summons of the Commission is completely unacceptable in a constitutional democracy such as ours.
The Commission goes on to say: with regard to Mr Zuma‘s decision not to appear before the commission during the week of the 18th to the 22nd of January 2021 as he had been required to do in terms of one of the commission`s summons served on him, the Chairperson has asked the Secretary of the commission to lay a criminal complaint against Mr Zuma.
Zuma said if this stance is considered a violation of the law, then let their law take its course.
The decision by the Former President has caused robust debates on social media, opposition parties have also called on the former President to reconsider his decision to defy the highest court in the land. On the other hand, Secretary General of the African National Congress (ANC), Ace Magashule, has come out in support of the former President saying Zuma has rights and he can do whatever he wants.
In the year 2020, the former President questioned the constitutionality of the establishment of the State Capture Commission of Inquiry. He had asked Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to recuse himself. The request was later denied by the chair of the Commission.
During his visit to the home of the late ANC struggle stalwart Rebecca Kotane, President Cyril Ramphosa said the former President should be given time and space to think about the decision on the Constitutional judgement and Zondo Commission to hear what other people are saying.