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FOR­MER pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma has re­sponded to the ju­di­cial com­mis­sion of in­quiry into state cap­ture, say­ing he will ap­ply his mind to the in­vi­ta­tion to re­spond to al­le­ga­tions made at the pub­lic hear­ings.

“As his se­nior counsel ad­vised the com­mis­sion dur­ing its day of hear­ing, [for­mer] pres­i­dent Zuma sup­ports the com­mis­sion and wants to par­tic­i­pate mean­ing­fully in the process,” Zuma’s at­tor­neys said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

“He re­it­er­ates this po­si­tion and there­fore he will ap­ply his mind on the in­vite and shall con­vey his re­ply to the chair of the com­mis­sion as soon as he has con­sulted with his team.”

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, Zuma made an elec­tion in terms of the rules of the com­mis­sion that he would not ap­ply to cross-ex­am­ine the wit­nesses who al­legedly im­pli­cated him.

“It would seem that de­spite him co-op­er­at­ing with the com­mis­sion, his elec­tion [in terms of the com­mis­sion’s own rules] is mis­un­der­stood as nonco-op­er­a­tion.

“We find this very un­for­tu­nate since for­mer pres­i­dent Zuma has sent his le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tives to ev­ery sit­ting of the com­mis­sion where the al­leged ev­i­dence which may im­pli­cate him was be­ing given, and fur­ther, he has hon­oured, through his le­gal team, all the re­quests which were brought to the at­ten­tion of his le­gal team by the com­mis­sion.”

The chair­per­son of the in­quiry, Deputy Chief Jus­tice Ray­mond Zondo, said he would like Zuma to give his side of the story. “I have in­vited the lawyers of the for­mer pres­i­dent [to re­quest] that he could put his ver­sion in an af­fi­davit,” Zondo said.

This was af­ter ev­i­dence pre­sented by for­mer ANC MP Vytjie Men­tor claimed Zuma was at the Gup­tas’ home when she was of­fered a min­is­te­rial post. The in­quiry is ex­pected to re­sume on Mon­day. — News24.

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