Political analyst Professor Tinyiko Maluleke says former president Jacob Zuma's appearance before the state capture commission is a significant moment and possibly unheard of in many African countries.
Zuma made his first appearance before the commission on Monday with an opening statement responding to allegations levelled against him, including questions surrounding his relationship with the Gupta family.
Maluleke gives his take on the latter, as well as Zuma's revelation that the creation of ANN7 and New Age was his idea.
We must pause to recognise the importance of the moment, that fact that a former president is made to appear before a mere commission and is able to do so. We need to mark that as a positive for the country, the judicial system and the political system of the country.— Professor Tinyiko Maluleke - Political analyst
I think the former president used several strategies to deal with the situation today. One of the strategies is to say that I indeed was in a relationship with the Guptas, but to say I was not the only one, and the president not to say the kind of relationship with the Guptas.— Professor Tinyiko Maluleke - Political analyst
Commenting on Zuma's historical revelations, Maluleke says there is an absence of agency on his part in terms of things he may have done to "cause problems for himself".
Until now the narrative we have is someone who had things done to them because they were feared for the reason of suspicion that they may have knowledge that they may use against others.— Professor Tinyiko Maluleke - Political analyst
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This article first appeared on 702 : 'Zuma's inquiry appearance crucial, possibly unheard of in African countries.'