Durban – Former president Jacob Zuma has requested Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to recuse himself when he seems sooner than the State Capture Commission in November.
In his formal notification to the fee concerning the request which used to be first reported by means of The Star, Zuma advised Zondo that he looked as if it would harbour a private vendetta in opposition to him and as such, he has offered him to the general public as some who isn’t cooperative.
Zuma mentioned whilst he had reservations concerning the legality of the fee, out of appreciate for the rustic’s methods he however offered himself.
He says that as an alternative of being given an excellent listening to, he were subjected to unfair remedy that used to be intended to humiliate him.
The allegations are contained in a letter written by means of Advocate Eric Mabuza on Zuma’s behalf.
In the letter, Zuma referred to Zondo’s press convention remaining Monday, the place the fee chairperson mentioned Zuma should seem sooner than the fee from November 16 to twenty, to reply to to allegations of state seize.
Zuma mentioned this particular focal point and “targeting” of him were the hallmark of the fee’s method because it commenced with its complaints.
“As a result, (former) president Zuma views the recent media briefing as a culmination of a series of events by which he was singled out and targeted by the commission,” reads the letter.
Moreover, Zuma mentioned he used to be now not satisfied that Zondo can provide him an excellent listening to will have to he proceed to preside over his look.
“For the reasons to be fully set out in the application to be made soon, we (the lawyers) are instructed (by Zuma) to seek your recusal as chairperson of the commission on the ground that our client reasonably apprehends that you have already adopted a biased disposition towards him and cannot bring an impartial mind to the issues and evidence that relate to him.
“(Former) president Zuma’s conclusion that the chairperson is no longer capable of exercising an independent and impartial mind is fortified by what he views as the unwarranted public statements made by the chairperson at the said media briefing.”
In environment out the the reason why Zuma believed Zondo will have to step apart when he seems in November, he mentioned the pair had non-public historical past and it used to be most likely, he claimed, that Zondo would use the fee to settle outdated rankings.
“(Former) President Zuma believes that the source of the chairperson’s bias against him stems from the fact that the (former) president and the chairperson have historical personal, family and professional relations that ought to have been publicly disclosed by the chairperson before accepting his appointment.”
On Sunday, Independent Media’s politics table reached out to the spokesperson of the fee Reverend Mbuyiselo Stemela to remark.
Stemela mentioned Zondo didn’t intend to reply to a variety of criminal letters and public statements criticising him for the way in which he treated the illusion of Zuma sooner than the fee.