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Date set for Zuma’s Constitutional Court hearing

Date set for Zuma’s Constitutional Court hearing

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER SOUTH Africa’s highest court - the Constitutional Court - will hear the case against the country’s former president Jacob Zuma on March 25. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who chairs the judicial commission into state capture, theft and corruption, approached the Constitutional Court on an urgent basis, to convict Zuma of contempt and impose a two year prison sentence on him. The Constitutional Court yesterday issued directions in terms of which Zuma has until March 8 to file a response to the case made by the Zondo Commission.  The commission approached the court after Zuma ignored its…
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Ex-president Zuma’s foundation attacks Deputy Judge President

Ex-president Zuma’s foundation attacks Deputy Judge President

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER THE Jacob Zuma Foundation (JZF) has launched a scathing and unprecedented attack on the second most senior judge in South Africa. The foundation has attacked Deputy Judge President Raymond Zondo, chair of a judicial commission of inquiry into the capture of the state by corrupt individuals, civil servants and politicians, accusing him of, among others, bias and obsession. The JZF was reacting to the tough stance taken by Zondo who on Friday said he would hear an application to issue summons against Zuma and said the dates for his appearance before the commission were not negotiable. The…
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Commission probing state capture adopts hardline stance against ex-president Zuma

Commission probing state capture adopts hardline stance against ex-president Zuma

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER A special judicial commission set up to investigate allegations of fraud, corruption and the capture of the state by corrupt individuals, civil servants and politicians is taking steps to force former South African President Jacob Zuma to appear before it. Deputy Judge President Raymond Zondo, head of the Zondo Commission of Inquiry, disclosed today, the day that Zuma was scheduled to appear, that he will hear an application from the commission's legal team to issue summonses against Zuma. This comes after Zuma wrote to the commission and said he would not be able to appear because of…
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S.Africa corruption inquiry to summon Zuma to appear next month

S.Africa corruption inquiry to summon Zuma to appear next month

ALEXANDER WINNING  A South African corruption inquiry will issue a summons for former president Jacob Zuma to appear to give evidence next month, the judge chairing the proceedings had decided. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said Zuma would be required to appear on November 16-20, adding that this could be via videolink if appropriate arrangements were made. "The secretary of the commission is hereby authorised and directed to sign and issue a summons ... requiring Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, former president of the Republic of South Africa, to appear," Zondo said. The inquiry was set up more than two years…
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Zondo Commission to lay criminal charges against Zuma and summons him to appear again

Zondo Commission to lay criminal charges against Zuma and summons him to appear again

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER THE Zondo Commission is to lay criminal charges against former president Jacob Zuma after he defiantly left the hearing last week without the permission of the chairperson. Commission chairperson Deputy President Raymond Zondo announced today that charges would be laid by the commission secretariat and all the information and evidence would also be made available to the police and the National Prosecutions Authority. “It is quite important for the proper functioning of this commission that Mr Zuma’s conduct be dealt with in a manner in which our law provides it should be dealt with. This commission is…
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South African judge has refused to step down from corruption probe: this was the right call

South African judge has refused to step down from corruption probe: this was the right call

DEPUTY Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, the head of the inquiry into allegations that the South African state was “captured” and repurposed to benefit private interests during former president Jacob Zuma’s tenure (May 2009 to February 2018), has dismissed Zuma’s application for his recusal. The former president, who stands accused of having facilitated grand corruption, had accused the judge of bias. Politics editor Thabo Leshilo asked Cathleen Powell for her insights. CATHLEEN POWELL, Associate Professor in Public Law, University of Cape Town Is the decision correct or not and why? The decision is correct, and it is the only principled decision…
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South African deputy judge president admits to link to Zuma’s wife, denies conflict

South African deputy judge president admits to link to Zuma’s wife, denies conflict

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER SOUTH Africa’s deputy judge president, Raymond Zondo, who chairs the judicial commission into state capture, has admitted to a link to the former president Jacob Zuma’s estranged wife but denied that the association constituted conflict. Zondo disclosed today that he had a relationship with Thobeka Madiba’s sister in the 90s and that the relationship ended before Zuma married Madiba. He was responding to a contention from Zuma, via his lawyers, that the relationship was the source of a conflict. In their letter, Zuma’s attorneys called for the recusal of Zondo, accused him of bias against the former…
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ANC and mayor of Johannesburg implicated in damning kickback scandal

ANC and mayor of Johannesburg implicated in damning kickback scandal

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER SOUTH Africa’s governing party, the ANC, faces damning allegations that it is funded through kickbacks from irregular state tenders. Evidence led at the judicial commission into state capture, chaired by the country’s Deputy President Raymond Zondo, contains traces of up to R16-million in “donations” to the ANC’s Johannesburg region from EOH, a company that got tenders, worth hundreds of millions, from the ANC-run Johannesburg City Council. Steven Powell, managing director of ENSAfrica, which conducted investigations of EOH transactions, presented damaging documented evidence which traced transactions of millions that were paid to the ANC and a company owned…
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Dudu Myeni to face criminal charges for unmasking protected witness

Dudu Myeni to face criminal charges for unmasking protected witness

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER DUDU Myeni, businesswoman and chair of the Jacob Zuma Foundation is to be charged for disclosing the identity of a witness who had been granted anonymity by the judicial commission into state capture. Deputy Judge President Raymond Zondo, the commission’s chair, announced today that he had instructed his legal team to lay a criminal complaint against Myeni, the former chairperson of South African Airways. The police will be asked to investigate a possible violation, by Myeni, of the commission’s act and regulations.s During her appearance before the commission, revealed the identity of Mr X and was asked…
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South Africa’s ex-leader Zuma ordered to reappear at graft inquiry

South Africa’s ex-leader Zuma ordered to reappear at graft inquiry

SOUTH Africa's former President Jacob Zuma has been ordered to reappear at an inquiry into state corruption during his term after he abruptly left the proceedings last month, according to a summons issued by the head of the investigation. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is also asking the Constitutional Court, the highest legal authority in the land, to compel Zuma to attend and "account for his exercise of public power". In his second appearance at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture two weeks ago, Zuma had his application for the judge to recuse himself dismissed. Zuma then left proceedings…
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