Zondo expresses dismay after Zuma walks out of 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.”
IMPORTANT: Fmr Pres Zuma and his lawyers cannot excuse themselves unilaterally from the #ZondoCommission.
If they leave without getting permission from DCJ Zondo’, they run the risk of being charged with contempt – a criminal offense.
The subpoena against Zuma stands
— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) November 19, 2020
‘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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