State capture inquiry adjourns after Zuma objection

The inquiry is being adjourned till Friday.
The break is being granted to ensure the panel, Zuma and his lawyers time to find common ground to ensure proceedings could continue, Zondo says. Picture: Waldo Swiegers, Bloomberg

A judicial commission that’s probing graft during former South African President Jacob Zuma’s rule adjourned until Friday after his lawyers objected to the panel’s line of questioning and threatened to walk out.

The break would give the panel and Zuma and his lawyers time to find common ground to ensure proceedings could continue, said Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who heads the inquiry.

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Zondo invited Zuma to respond to allegations that he facilitated the looting of state funds, took bribes and flaunted government processes. Zuma testified that he’s the victim of a conspiracy by foreign and domestic intelligence agencies intent on ousting and discrediting him and denied any wrongdoing.

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Zuma’s appearance at the commission is a total nothing burger.

Mr Zuma, are you a bad boy? No.

Did you do any bad things? Can’t remember, but why on earth would I have done that?

What about what you said at your meeting with x, y, and z? I wasn’t there.

It’s a farce

My guess is that he signals for his lawyers to intervene when he becomes anxious.

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