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'Fears that Zuma will implicate himself if he answers too many questions'

18 July 2019 9:15 AM
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Jacob Zuma
Barbara Hogan
Siyabonga Gama
Zondo commission of inquiry into State Capture

News24 assistant news editor, Pieter du Toit on the reasons Zuma testimony was halted on Day 3 at Zondo Commission.

Jacob Zuma's third day of testimony at the state capture enquiry came to an abrupt halt on Wednesday when his legal counsel said he'd been brought before the commission under false pretenses.

Now there are talks happening behind the scenes to determine whether he will continue his testimony on Friday.

Zuma had been questioned about allegations by former public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan that he interfered with proper procedure when it came to the appointment of former Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama.

RELATED: Zondo Commission: 'Zuma under increasing pressure'

Assistant news editor at News24, Pieter du Toit points out that it become clear already on Tuesday that the former president is a reluctant witness.

He says when evidence leader Paul Pretorius started asking probing questions, Zuma's legal team started their objections, resulting in the statement that they'd be reconsidering his participation.

This is probably because they fear that, left to his own devices, their client will implicate himself.

His answers ranged from 'I don't know' to 'I don't recall' to 'I don't remember'.

Pieter du Toit, Assistant news editor - News24

Today's been set aside for the two legal teams to get together to decide a day forward.

Pieter du Toit, Assistant news editor - News24

Du Toit says the tension building between Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo and evidence leader Paul Pretorius is becoming palpable.

Pretorius wants to ask more probing questions, the deputy chief justice seems like he doesn't want to allow that and I think he's found an ally in Zuma's defence team.

Pieter du Toit, Assistant news editor - News24

Du Toit attributes this to the fact that Zondo is aware he is treading a very fine line considering Zuma had to establish the commission himself under duress, and will do anything to avoid being forced to appear in court.

He wants to allow Pretorius to ask questions, but not too sharp so as to not to 'frighten away' Jacob Zuma.

Pieter du Toit, Assistant news editor - News24

Listen to what Pieter du Toit has to say below:


18 July 2019 9:15 AM
Tags:
Jacob Zuma
Barbara Hogan
Siyabonga Gama
Zondo commission of inquiry into State Capture

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