Jacob Zuma on relationship with Zondo: I dispute that we were never friends

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Former president Jacob Zuma leaves the Zondo commission.
Former president Jacob Zuma leaves the Zondo commission.
PHOTO: Gallo Images/Sowetan/Thulani Mbele

Former president Jacob Zuma has accused Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo of being dishonest about the "close personal relationship" which he says they shared over the past three decades. He has argued that the dispute reinforces why Zondo should recuse himself as the chairperson of the state capture commission.

"I have noted that the chairperson, while accepting that our relationship was cordial and pleasant, disputes that we were friends. I dispute that we were never friends," Zuma states in an affidavit filed at the Zondo commission of inquiry on Wednesday morning.

Zondo was expected to rule on Zuma's recusal application at 15:00 on Wednesday, but has delayed the decision until 10:00 on Thursday.

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