© Reuters. South Africa’s former President Zuma appears before the commission of inquiry into state corruption
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Former South African President Jacob Zuma failed to appear for an investigation into corruption during his tenure on Monday, despite the country’s highest court ordering him to appear.
Zuma’s lawyers confirmed in a letter to the investigation that Zuma would not be participating in the investigation this week when he was due to testify.
“The summons that our customer should receive on February 15 and 19, 2021 is irregular,” says the letter that justifies his non-appearance.
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s investigation is investigating allegations of a high-level transplant during his nine-year tenure.
Zuma, a lead witness to the investigation, denies wrongdoing but did not cooperate with the investigation.
Zuma was dismissed as president in 2018 on allegations that businessmen in his vicinity were using their position to loot government resources and influence politics.
Zuma left the trial in November without permission. After that, the investigation went to the Constitutional Court to reappear and testify.
Zondo said, “It’s hard to see why he (Zuma) would be afraid to take the stand and ask questions like everyone else.”
One of Zuma’s attorneys did not respond to a message from Reuters asking for comment.
An attorney for the investigation said Monday that Zuma had been implicated by evidence from at least 40 witnesses.
“Whether or not Mr Zuma believes he has been accused … his responses to those allegations are still directly relevant to the work of this commission,” said lawyer Paul Pretorius.
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