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State capture: Can Zuma 'say nothing' at next Zondo hearing? No, says inquiry

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Former president Jacob Zuma leaves the Zondo commission.
Former president Jacob Zuma leaves the Zondo commission.
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Former president Jacob Zuma's counsel has strongly suggested he will "say nothing" if he is forced to appear before the State Capture Inquiry, but the commission insists that Zuma does not have the right to remain silent when he next appears before it.

"The right to remain silent that Mr Zuma threatens to invoke is only available to an arrested person or accused person in criminal proceedings," the inquiry argues in papers filed at the Constitutional Court. "Neither of these provisions apply to Mr Zuma when he appears at the commission".

The inquiry will on Tuesday ask the Constitutional Court to grant a series of orders against Zuma, which it argues are aimed at ensuring that he is held accountable for his conduct as president when he returns to the inquiry on 18 to 22 January, and 15 to 19 February next year.

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