Deputy Chief Justice (DCJ) and chairperson of the State Capture Commission, Raymond Zondo is rightly yet to respond to former president Jacob Zuma’s unintelligible request. The lawyers of the former president had written to Zondo asking him to recuse himself as the chairperson of the commission, accusing of him being ‘bias’ against their client.
Zuma’s legal team stated that they believe ‘historical personal, family, and professional relations’ between Zuma and Zondo is the reason they believe the latter will be ‘biased’ against their client.
As if that was not bizarre enough, the letter concluded with a bold decision that Zuma will not be making any appearances at the commission until the chairperson recuses himself. It must be noted that this is the second time the former president personally took issue with DCJ Zondo after his foundation also released a letter a few weeks back stating its dissatisfaction with Zondo’s conduct over the issue of Zuma’s appearance at the commission.
While Zuma had on numerous occasions stated that the commission should not have been set-up, because he does not believe the state was/is captured. However, his latest theatrics just exposes the fact that this is a man who is willing to delay justice as long as he can.
For years, he has been telling everyone who cared to listen to him that he wants to clear his name, a name that has been synonymous with corruption and fraud even before he took the highest office in 2009. The truth is, even if Zondo can heed Zuma’s demands and step down from his role as the chair of the commission, Zuma would still find a way under the new chairperson to delay his day to account for the sins he committed during his tenure at the Union Buildings.
The former president is not interested in accounting for his role in the capture of the state and its institutions by the Gupta family under his watch. He’s hellbent to put the integrity of the commission under scrutiny, so that its findings, which will probably lay bare to his role in the capture of the state in the last decade will be left questionable.
This is typical and classical Zuma who will always portray himself as a victim to everyone, more especially to his loyalists. However, the former president must know that everyone can see through his dirty tricks and soon even his loyalists will eventually get tired of crooked ways of trying to evade justice.
DCJ Zondo should continue doing his job without even entertaining the theatrics of the former president because that will result with Zuma achieving his intended objective of degrading the good work the commission has done in exposing the level of the Gupta family influence in the state during his rule.
Zuma’s days in evading justice will soon catch up with him and he will find himself with only his family on his side.