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Karyn Maughan | Zondo 'bent over backwards' for Zuma - and it's coming back to haunt him

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Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo
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Counsel for the state capture inquiry has argued that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo "bent over backwards" to accommodate former president Jacob Zuma – and it now appears that special treatment is coming back to haunt him.

Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi on Tuesday faced extensive questioning from the Constitutional Court about whether the inquiry had created the urgency with which it is now trying to compel Zuma to appear before it and answer questions about his nine years in office.

While the inquiry has previously issued 99 subpoenas for witnesses to appear before it, its legal team only ever launched a full-blown application for a subpoena in respect of one witness: Jacob Zuma.

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