Former South African President, Jacob Zuma, once again refused to appear on before the commission probing suspicions of his widespread corruption during his regime in that country.
This was disclosed by one of his lawyers, Eric Mabuza.
According to reports, the move had sparked legal repercussions within the country’s legal system.
Ms Cathleen Powell, an Associate Professor in Public Law at the University of Cape Town, said if Zuma didn’t respond to the subpoena of the Zondo commission, he would be committing a crime.
The law Professor said she didn’t know what the Constitutional Court was going to do, she however decided that Zuma was still under the law, which required him to respond to the subpoena of the Zondo Commission
She added that if Zuma didn’t, he would have committed a crime for which he could be convicted and imprisoned.
The former South African President had testified only once before the commission in July 2019.
Zuma however withdrew after a few days, arguing that he was being treated as an accused and a not a witness.
Ms Powell also argued that former president Zuma’s claim that he was not subject to the power of the commission was a lie, adding that, his claim that he didn’t have to answer questions, was a lie.
The Law Professor said what had been heard so far, was his claim that he wasn’t involved in corruption is a lie, and if he was able to sell that for long enough, then his action amounted to lawlessness, the type that was now taking place in the United States.
Entangled in scandals, former President Zuma who ruled the Southern African nation between 2009 and 2018, was forced to resign and replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa, who promised to eliminate corruption.
The Commission of Inquiry, which was initially scheduled to sit until March, had to request an extension because some hearings could not take place due to the pandemic.
Already, the commission had heard from dozens of ministers or former ministers, elected officials, businessmen or high-ranking civil servants who have exposed the alleged corrupt practices under Zuma’s era.
Heles Amery. Newsflagship. Source: African News