State capture inquiry: Zuma will 'exercise right to say nothing' if Zondo doesn't recuse himself

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Former president Jacob Zuma at the Zondo commission.
Former president Jacob Zuma at the Zondo commission.
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The story: If Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo doesn't create an environment in which corruption-accused former president Jacob Zuma feels comfortable - by recusing himself as the commission's chair - Zuma will "exercise his right to say nothing", says Zuma's legal counsel, advocate Muzi Sikhakhane.

What we heard: Sikhakhane said on Monday the commission has bought into a narrative that Zuma "messed up our country" by hearing testimony from "sweetheart witnesses" like Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas, and former public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan, "spewing all sorts of things from their moral high ground".  

What else: He said Zondo's comments during the testimony meant "political witnesses" latched on to those positions.

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