Former president Jacob Zuma is appearing at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry on Monday 16 November 2020 to have Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo recuse himself.
In the meantime, Zuma has one supporter advocating for the persecution against him to end. Who may you ask? None other than former African National Congress (ANC) NEC member Carl Niehaus.
NIEHAUS ON ZUMA PERSECUTION: ‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’
Niehaus, on Monday morning, took to Twitter defending the former president. He said;
“This must end! The continuing persecution of Jacob Zuma has gone far too far. Enough is enough!”
A Twitter user responded saying that it is “consequences of unfettered corrupt activities”. Niehaus responded by saying; “bollocks”.
Niehaus also posted images of Zuma and ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule with a caption reading; “Our leaders get humiliated with politically motivated charges. We cannot allow this to continue. Yesterday thousands of members of [the] ANC spoke. Enough is enough!”
Magashule, was on Friday last week granted bail after he appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on charges of fraud and money laundering. This, in connection with the R255 million asbestos corruption case whereby seven others are also implicated.
On Friday Niehaus tried to get into the court to support his comrade and was subsequently thrown out by police. Before the chaos, he took to social media saying that Magashule is a leader, friend and comrade.
“On my way to Mangaung to support comrade Ace Magashule tomorrow. He is my leader, friend and comrade. Loyalty is the foundation of life. I am not a fair-weather friend. I stand by my friends in good and bad times. One soldier does not leave another behind on the battlefield!” he said.
ZONDO OUTLINES RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FORMER PRESIDENT
Zuma filed a 100-page affidavit, whereby he claimed Zondo’s mind is already made up about him.
“I genuinely apprehend that he wishes to implicate me at all costs. Although a commission of inquiry makes recommendations, the reputational implications are enormous on people’s lives. Although I remain committed to assisting the commission, the continued role played by the chairperson leaves me with a clear view that my fate has been sealed,” he said.
“I cannot appear before a chairperson who seems determined to find me guilty, regardless of the facts,” he added.
Zuma had also partially cited “historical family relations” with Zondo, as reasons for his recusal.
Zondo, on Monday morning however, responded saying;
“I have never had a one-on-one meeting with him when he was a sitting president. Any individual meetings we had happened more than 13 years ago.”
“Zuma’s statement that we are friends is not accurate. He has never been to any of the homes that we have lived in. Since the early 90s, I have lost four siblings and my mother and at each circumstance, Zuma was never invited or attended.”