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19 November 12:20

Summary of Jacob Zuma's appearance at the state capture commission  

Former president Jacob Zuma made a brief appearance at the state capture commission to hear whether his recusal application for commission chair Ray Zondo would be granted.  

Zondo highlighted that Zuma was the first person the commission issued two 10.6 directives.  

In his judgment, Zondo said that he was not friends with Zuma and a meeting between the two was official rather than social.  

Zondo then dismissed Zuma's recusal application saying that argument of bias was without merit.  

Following the tea break, Zondo announced that Zuma had left the commission without being excused and announced that the commission would adjourn and reflect on what it wold do next.  

"This is a serious matter," says Zondo of Zuma's actions.  

- Compiled by Duncan Alfreds

<p><strong>Summary of Jacob Zuma's appearance at the state capture commission

&nbsp;

</strong></p><p>Former president Jacob Zuma made a brief appearance at the state
capture commission to hear whether his recusal application for commission chair
Ray Zondo would be granted.

&nbsp;
</p><p>Zondo highlighted that Zuma was the first person the
commission issued two 10.6 directives.

&nbsp;

</p><p>In his judgment, Zondo said that he was not friends with
Zuma and a meeting between the two was official rather than social.

&nbsp;

</p><p>Zondo then dismissed Zuma's recusal application saying that argument
of bias was without merit.

&nbsp;

</p><p>Following the tea break, Zondo announced that Zuma had left
the commission without being excused and announced that the commission would
adjourn and reflect on what it wold do next.

&nbsp;

</p><p>"This is a serious matter," says Zondo of Zuma's
actions.

&nbsp;

</p><p><em>- Compiled by Duncan Alfreds

</em></p>

19 November 12:10

"There is not point," says Zondo as he adjourns the hearing.  

The commission will reflect on what to do next

<p>"There is not point," says Zondo as he adjourns
the hearing.

&nbsp;

</p><p>The commission will reflect on what to do next

</p>

19 November 12:08

"This is a serious matter," says Zondo.  

Zuma was meant to take the witness stand

19 November 12:06

Zuma has left the commission, says Zondo

19 November 11:01

Excusal means Zuma is acting in defiance of the summons, says commission counsel.  

The summons stands.  

Tea adjournment for ruling

<p>Excusal means Zuma is acting in defiance of the summons,
says commission counsel.

&nbsp;

</p><p>The summons stands.

&nbsp;

</p><p>Tea adjournment for ruling

</p>

19 November 10:59

Zuma lawyer says they will excuse themselves from the proceedings.  

Says Zondo has become the judge in matters that involve himself

<p>Zuma lawyer says they will excuse themselves from the
proceedings. 

&nbsp;

</p><p>Says Zondo has become the judge in matters that involve
himself

</p>

19 November 10:55

Zondo dismisses Zuma's application for recusal

19 November 10:54

Zondo says Zuma's argument of biased comments has no merit.  

Zondo says a judge in a court of law has the right to ask questions and make comments.  

Zondo says he will not be passive and seek clarification and testing evidence

<p>Zondo says Zuma's argument of biased comments has no merit.

&nbsp;
</p><p>Zondo says a judge in a court of law has the right to ask
questions and make comments.

&nbsp;

</p><p>Zondo says he will not be passive and seek clarification and
testing evidence

</p>

19 November 10:51

Zondo says that Zuma should have raised his concerns with the Chief Justice if he was concerned about Zondo.  

There was no sound reason why Zuma only raised the issue of friendship three years after Zondo was chosen to chair the commission

19 November 10:48

Zondo says the meeting with Zuma was an official meeting, not a social visit

19 November 10:47

Zondo is ready to decide application for recusal.  

Says Zuma did not raise concerns of Zondo friendship with the Chief Justice.  

Zondo said that he has known Zuma since the early 1990s, they are not friends

19 November 10:40

Zondo explains the application of bias as decided by the Constitutional Court.  

"An impartial judge is a fundamental prerequisite for a fair trial."

19 November 10:34

Zuma's lawyers allege that Zondo wanted to expose Zuma as a liar

19 November 10:31

Zuma's attorneys argued that Zondo has a personal relationship with Zuma and that Zondo is biased against the former president.
Zuma's attorneys argued that Zondo has a personal
relationship with Zuma and that Zondo is biased against the former president.

19 November 10:27

Zondo denies that he made the announcement at a media conference

19 November 10:26

Zondo announced on 21 September 2020 Zuma's summons application would go ahead.

19 November 10:23

Zuma is the first person to receive a 10.6 directive from the commission, which compels him to give his version of events relating to evidence before the commission.

19 November 10:21

The national lockdown from March to June prevented the commission from continuing its work.

19 November 10:19

Zondo shows how Zuma refused to appear before the commission

19 November 10:17

Zondo gives the history of Zuma's appearances at the commission as well as the disputes so far.

19 November 10:16

Zondo says he issued two directives in terms of regulation 10.6 for Zuma to appear before the commission.  

Zuma sits, stone-faced as he listens to Zondo

<p>Zondo says he issued two directives in terms of regulation
10.6 for Zuma to appear before the commission.

&nbsp;
</p><p>Zuma sits, stone-faced as he listens to Zondo

</p>

19 November 10:13

Zondo enumerates all the aspects of the commission's investigation mandate

19 November 10:09

Zondo says that he was appointed by the Chief Justice and describes the members of the commission. The commission's task is to investigate allegations of state capture, corruption and fraud in the public sector.

19 November 10:08

Zondo says Jacob Zuma received a summons on 22 October 2020 to appear at the state capture commission. Zondo sets out the context of the recusal application.
Zondo says Jacob Zuma received a summons on 22 October 2020
to appear at the state capture commission. Zondo sets out the context of the
recusal application.

19 November 10:04

Justice Ray Zondo prepares to give his ruling, says the full ruling will be available later

19 November 08:57

Karyn Maughan | Zuma vs Zondo: The unholy mess

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is in a near impossible position in deciding on what to rule with regards to Jacob Zuma's recusal application, writes Karyn Maughan.

READ THE FULL COLUMN

19 November 08:35

UPDATE: Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo postponed his judgment to Thursday, 10am.

17 November 10:49

State Capture inquiry chair Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said a decision on the recusal application brought by former president Jacob Zuma will be ready on Wednesday morning.

After a full day of arguments on Monday, Zondo was expected to deliver his ruling on Tuesday, but said he needed time to go over a few documents.

"I am still working on it," said Zondo. 

Zondo adjourned proceedings to Wednesday morning at 10:00.

<p>State Capture inquiry chair Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said a decision on the recusal application brought by former president Jacob Zuma will be ready on Wednesday morning.</p><p>After a full day of arguments on Monday, Zondo was expected to deliver his ruling on Tuesday, but said he needed time to go over a few documents.</p><p>"I am still working on it," said Zondo.&nbsp;</p><p>Zondo adjourned proceedings to Wednesday morning at 10:00.</p>

17 November 10:26

Zondo announces that he will not give a ruling this morning. 'I'm still working on it,' he says. Zondo adjourns, and hopes by 'tomorrow at 10 I can deliver the ruling'.

17 November 09:42

Decision expected today

Zondo said he would consider the submissions overnight, and is expected to provide a decision today.

17 November 09:11

Zuma claims state capture is a political concept to bury him

State capture is a political concept, and the commission investigating it is the "grave to bury" him by people with axes to grind – this according to former president Jacob Zuma.

On Monday, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo heard argument by Zuma's counsel, Advocate Muzi Sikhakhane during an application for Zondo to be recused.

It appears that if this application is unsuccessful, the Zuma-camp will not give up the fight. 

"Even if we lose, we will review you and take the matter further," Sikhakhane said, adding that if Zuma is forced to testify in an environment in which he feels uncomfortable, he will "exercise his right to say nothing".

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17 November 08:25

Zondo adjourned proceedings until 10:00 on Tuesday. He said he would consider the submissions overnight, and provide a decision as soon as possible.

17 November 08:24

Zondo commission: Zuma concerned about narrative he 'messed up our country'

Corruption-accused former president Jacob Zuma is concerned that the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture is part of a narrative in which he is painted as "the man who messed up our country", his lawyer, Muzi Sikhakhane, told the commission on Monday morning.

<p><strong>Zondo commission: Zuma concerned about narrative he 'messed up our country'</strong></p><p>Corruption-accused former president Jacob Zuma is concerned that the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture is part of a narrative in which he is painted as "the man who messed up our country", his lawyer, Muzi Sikhakhane, told the commission on Monday morning.<strong></strong></p>
Read more here

17 November 08:23

Establishment of state capture inquiry was 'politically motivated' - Jacob Zuma's lawyer

Former president Jacob Zuma doesn't fear any finding, his legal counsel, advocate Muzi Sikhakhane, told the Zondo commission into state capture.

Sikhakhane was arguing as to why the commission's chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, should be recused.

The commission's evidence leader, advocate Paul Pretorius, said it is difficult not to conclude that the real reason why Zuma brought such an application is that he has an apprehension there will be findings against him.

Zuma's application was heard on Monday.

Read more here

17 November 08:22

Zuma claims state capture is a political concept to bury him

State capture is a political concept, and the commission investigating it is the "grave to bury" him by people with axes to grind – this according to former president Jacob Zuma.

On Monday, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo heard argument by Zuma's counsel, Advocate Muzi Sikhakhane during an application for Zondo to be recused.

It appears that if this application is unsuccessful, the Zuma-camp will not give up the fight. 

"Even if we lose, we will review you and take the matter further," Sikhakhane said, adding that if Zuma is forced to testify in an environment in which he feels uncomfortable, he will "exercise his right to say nothing".

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17 November 08:21

The commission of inquiry into state capture heard an application for Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo's recusal on Monday. Former president Jacob Zuma lodged the application, saying he has "a close personal relationship" with Zondo. 

16 November 16:13

Zondo adjourns for the day. "I will use the evening to consider the submissions made by both sides."

He adds that he would like to finalise his decision as early as possible, maybe even tomorrow. 

16 November 16:09

Sikhakhane: It is not true that we are peddling political conspiracies. 

16 November 16:08

Sikhakhane is up again. Starts by saying he takes exception to what he calls being 'patronised' by advocate Pretorius. "I know no less law than he does. He has a version, I have a version."

16 November 15:52

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

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.

Sikhakhane said if they lose the application, they'll review it, and if he is forced to bring Zuma to the stand, "he'll exercise his right to say nothing".

Read here

16 November 15:23

Pretorius: We have searched in vain for any unfair or improper comments that you have made in public about Zuma. The applicant has not been singled out for any reason. 
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