Herman Mashaba wants Ramaphosa to investigate reports that Zuma could be travelling to Russia

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Former president Jacob Zuma at the Zondo commission.
Former president Jacob Zuma at the Zondo commission.
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  • ActionSA's Herman Mashaba has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to investigate reports that Jacob Zuma is planning to travel to Russia.
  • A Constitutional Court ruling compelled Zuma to appear before the Zondo Commission.
  • The Zuma Foundation has distanced itself from the social media post, which claimed Zuma would be seeking medical treatment in Russia.

ActionSA's Herman Mashaba has called for a government response to reports that former SA president Jacob Zuma is preparing to travel to Russia for medical treatment.

"Reports emerging from numerous sources indicate that former president Jacob Zuma may be readying to jet out of South Africa to Russia in what is believed to be a bid to avoid his appointment with the State Capture Commission," said Mashaba.

A social media post by a certain "Ally Mosina", who called himself the new spokesperson for the Jacob Zuma Foundation, claimed Zuma would be leaving for Moscow on Monday for medical attention.

The post came shortly after the Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled that Zuma was compelled to appear before the Zondo Commission.

However, the Jacob Zuma Foundation, through Edward Zuma, has distanced itself from Mosina and his post.

Mashaba insists that ActionSA "has learnt through sources that former president Zuma does intend to leave the country" - and has called on the government to take action.

"ActionSA calls upon President Ramaphosa and the South African government to immediately take possession of Zuma's passport, as a precautionary measure, to ensure that he cannot depart from the country until he has fulfilled his responsibilities to the State Capture Commission. This is to prevent the Constitutional Court ruling being rendered meaningless," he said.

Mashaba added that, should Zuma be allowed to depart the country, ActionSA would launch its own investigation.

"If Zuma is allowed to depart the country, it would undoubtedly be in transport arrangements made and financed through the state benefits he continues to receive from the South African taxpayer… Should Zuma depart from South Africa to avoid his appearance at the State Capture Commission, ActionSA will be launching its own investigation to determine how this was authorised and which government officials enabled Zuma to depart," Mashaba vowed.


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