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South Africa: Graft inquiry adjourned over Zuma concerns



Ongoing public inquiry into state corruption in South Africa was adjourned on Wednesday after lawyers for former President Jacob Zuma alleged of unfair questioning procedure.

Zuma told the chairman of the inquiry that “Chair I hear you, and I appreciate what you’re saying, but I’m really being cross-examined very thoroughly on the details. And I don’t know how come.”


The presiding judge at the commission, Ray Zondo then announced adjournment until Friday morning after a brief meeting with both parties.

“The former president has expressed certain concerns,” Zondo said.


He added that “It has been decided that we should adjourn the proceedings for the day, and we should not sit tomorrow in order to give a full opportunity to the commission’s legal team and the former president’s legal team … to see whether a way can be found in which his (Zuma’s) concerns are addressed.”

Mr. Zuma on Monday started giving testimony live on state television, at a state corruption inquiry.

He is expected to face the commission of inquiry during the week.

Jacob Zuma who resigned from office in 2018 was accused of supporting state corruption.

He is reported to have allowed his friends to influence senior government appointments during his presidency.

But on Monday he strongly rejected those allegations saying there is a conspiracy to assassinate his character.

He also claimed to have received death threats following his testimony on Monday before the commission of inquiry.

The three Gupta brothers who had strong link with former President Zuma have been at the centre of this state capture scandal.

Zuma told the commission he sees nothing wrong with his relationship with the Guptas. He claims previous presidents have had even stronger ties with the Guptas.

Source: Africafeeds.com



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