The lawyer for former President Jacob Zuma has accused the state capture Inquiry of showing bias towards certain witnesses at the commission and of not giving his client time to prepare.
People treat certain witnesses as sweethearts and others as accused...an unfairness has happened.— Advocate Muzi Sikhakhane
Zuma has taken the stand at the inquiry which is investigating corruption allegations by him and his administration during his time in office.
EWN Editor-in-chief Mahlatse Mahlase says she was not surprised by Sikhakhane's comments to the commission.
I think it was very important for the Zuma legal team to state from the very start that they feel the process is unfair.— Mahlatse Mahlase, Group Editor-in-Chief - EWN
Later, inquiry evidence leader Paul Pretorius responded to Sikhakhane's accusation and denied that Zuma had been given sufficient time to prepare.
Our position is clear that there is an invitation and the invitation has been accepted. There can be no quarrel with that.— Advocate Paul Pretorius
If the former President's intention here today is to implicate certain parties...then that is his prerogative— Advocate Paul Pretorius
Previous witnesses at the inquiry include Pravin Gordhan, Vytjie Mentor Barbara Hogan, Fikile Mbalula, and Phumla Williams.
The difference here is that former President is invited, most of the people we've seen come forward to testify are people who have volunteered themselves.— Mahlatse Mahlase, Group Editor-in-Chief - EWN
Taking to the witness stand, Zuma suggested his role in the commission was one of the victim and that the inquiry was part of a conspiracy against him
This commission, I believe, was created to have me coming here.— Jacob Zuma, Former President
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