Former President Jacob Zuma said that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo could not make a ruling on their relationship and the request for his recusal from the state capture inquiry because he has made a statement about it. Jacob Zuma filed another affidavit in which he claimed that Raymond Zondo was downplaying there relationship. Zuma insisted that they were friends.
According to Zuma, they met at his official residence for a briefing after Zondo was appointed chairperson of the commission. Zondo continues to deny any friendship between him and Zuma. In a statement Zuma said:“It is a trite principle that a judge cannot sit in his own case or adjudication of factual disputes arising from his own statement of facts, judged against allegations raising disputes about such a statement.”
He also cited Zondo’s insistence that he had never been to the presidential office or official residence while Zuma was president, saying as soon as he had appointed Zondo to head the state capture commission of inquiry, they met at his Durban residence for a briefing. Zondo is expected to deliver his decision on Thursday
Zondo meanwhile is expected to deliver his decision on Thursday morning on Zuma’s demand for his recusal.