Durban – One of the sons of former president Jacob Zuma, Edward Zuma, has turn into the newest prime profile determine to criticise Deputy Chief Justice Judge Raymond Zondo, who chairs the continued state seize fee, for the way in which he’s treating the previous chief of the rustic.
In an open letter penned on Sunday, Edward Zuma demanded that Zondo will have to recuse himself when the ex-president seems sooner than the fee in November.
The outburst stems from the September 21 press convention via Zondo the place he stated he used to be now not prepared to barter with Zuma and his prison staff on when to seem sooner than the fee. He then stated Zuma can be summoned to seem from November 16 to twenty this 12 months to respond to to allegations made via a number of witnesses that he aided state seize via bending to the Guptas.
That determination outraged Zuma’s supporters from Gauteng (Gauteng RET President Zuma give a boost to team), who stated Zondo used to be concentrated on Zuma and used to be now not forcing others like Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to seem sooner than the fee to be cross-examined.
Later within the week, the Jacob Zuma Foundation added its voice to the refrain of complaint in opposition to Zondo and stated he used to be the usage of Zuma to protected the soon-to-be-vacant place of leader justice via “targetting” him for public humiliation.
On Sunday, Edward stated Zondo even violated the rustic’s charter whilst attractive in “theatrics” in opposition to Zuma.
According to him, Zondo used to be gunning for Zuma as a result of he’s on a self-preservation trail. Further, like the basis, Edwards alleged that Zondo used to be eyeing the executive justice place and used to be proving himself to the appointing authority via being harsh on Zuma.
“Zondo through Zuma, has raised his hand to be nominated to become the next chief justice,” Edward claimed.
He then pleaded with Zondo to not permit his private problems to cloud him and “his anger” against the previous president will have to now not suppress his judicial judgment.
“The best Zondo can do now is to recuse himself as he has clearly shown there are politicians like Jamnandas (Gordhan’s other name) that he is afraid of or protects. The integrity of the state capture commission is now compromised in a big way. Zondo has played into the hands of politicians who hate former president Jacob Zuma.”
In reaction to the entire statements made in opposition to Zondo, the spokesperson of the fee, Reverend Mbuyiselo Stemela stated: “The DCJ (deputy chief justice) does not intend to respond to or comment on the statement(s).”