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Zondo derailed: Zuma drops new statement to ‘delay recusal verdict’

Jacob Zuma’s last-minute submission has pushed Raymond Zondo’s recusal verdict back by another day, as time ticks away at the State Capture Inquiry.

Zondo report

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If nothing else, you have to appreciate the gamesmanship on show here. The legal counsel for Jacob Zuma earlier submitted a fresh affidavit to the State Capture Inquiry, delaying the scheduled recusal verdict compiled by DCJ Raymond Zondo. South Africans will now have to wait another day to find out if the Commission’s leader will step aside.

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On Tuesday, Zuma managed to buy himself a 48-hour reprieve as the facts of their application were reviewed. It was made clear by Msholozi that he could not attend the panel on Wednesday, due to an impromptu funeral he was asked to attend.

Zondo pushed his final decision on recusal back to Wednesday afternoon, but his plans were scuppered by a follow-up submission made by Zuma’s lawyers. Only scheduled to appear at the State Capture Inquiry from 16 – 20 November, uBaba’s representatives have kept him out of the dock for three successive days so far.

Jacob Zuma at the State Capture Inquiry

With pangs of frustration seeping through, the State Capture Inquiry issued an official statement on the matter. They confirmed that DCJ Zondo would now only share his recusal verdict on Thursday morning – unless, of course, another Stalingrad tactic is employed by the ‘master of delays’ himself.

“Earlier this morning the Zondo Commission issued a statement to the effect that the chairperson would deliver his verdict on Jacob Zuma’s recusal application at 15:00 on Wednesday afternoon. This morning, Mr. Zuma furnished the Commission with a new statement which DCJ Zondo now needs to consider.”

“In light of this, the chairperson will no longer deliver his judgment at 15:00 today, but will do so at 10:00 on Thursday.”

Statement from the State Capture Inquiry