Wed, 17 Jul 2019

UPDATE: The Zondo commission of inquiry looking into allegations of state capture has confirmed that former president Jacob Zuma will appear before the commission as a witness in July.

Media reports on Tuesday said Zuma was expected to appear before the inquiry from July 15-19, but it was unclear whether he would testify or cross-examine any witnesses who implicated him in state capture.

"Following upon the commission's correspondence addressed to the attorneys representing the former president, Mr Jacob Zuma, and the media statement issued on Thursday last week, the commission hereby announces that yesterday afternoon (Monday) it received a written undertaking from Mr Zuma through his attorneys that he will appear before it on 15 to 19 July 2019.

"The commission notes the undertaking," the acting secretary on behalf of chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said on Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, Zuma's lawyer, Dan Mantsha, told News24 that he sent a letter to commission chairperson Zondo, confirming his client's appearance, who was "relishing the moment."

Zuma has been linked to allegations of state capture by several witnesses, including former Government Communication and Information System boss Themba Maseko, former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor, ex-finance minister Nhlanhla Nene, current ministers Pravin Gordhan and Fikile Mbalula, and former Bosasa (now African Global Operations) operations chief Angelo Agrizzi.

The commission heard that Zuma allowed the Gupta brothers to influence the appointment of ministers, giving them access to the coffers of state-owned enterprises.

But Zuma repeatedly said there was no evidence against him.

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