Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has expressed confidence that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo will be able to deal with former President Jacob Zuma walking out of the State Capture Commission on Thursday.
Zuma left the Commission without Zondo’s permission after he failed in his bid for Zondo to recuse himself from hearing his testimony.
Zuma claimed that he would not get a fair hearing as Zondo was biased.
“Until the judge brings us a report to say things are difficult in the Commission he can no longer do this and that up until now the Commission is running and it is running smoothly. We will expect that it finalises its work and we would want to leave all legalities and arguments for now in the capable hands of Judge Zondo who is the Chairperson of the Commission to deal with whatever arises and he has said he will deal with the issue and I think he is capable to do that,” says Lamola.
 Zuma walks out of Inquiry:

Zondo expresses dismay after Zuma walks out of Commission without permission

 Zondo expressed dismay after Zuma walked out of the Commission without permission.

He says the Commission will reflect on the matter as it’s adjourned for the week.

Zuma’s senior counsel, advocate Muzi Sikhakhane earlier informed the Commission that they will excuse themselves from the Commission.

“The issue of you becoming a judge in your own matter which on its own is a ground that Mr Zuma mentioned. I want to say we have also been instructed to lodge a complaint about you in that regard to the Judicial Service Commission in respect of the issue about which you have made yourself a witness or a judge. So chair I have no other instruction today or anywhere in the future until we have considered the review, except we would like to be excused from these proceedings.”


‘Ruling not a surprise’

Constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos says the ruling by Deputy Chief Justice did not come as a surprise as both the law and the facts were against the former President and his legal team.

On Thursday, Zondo dismissed Zuma’s application for his recusal.

De Vos has warned that if Zuma excuses himself from the Commission without Zondo’s permission, he could be arrested.

Constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos responds to Zondo’s ruling:

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