Jacob Zuma calls a press conference, but does not attend

In South Africa, while involved in the report of the Commission of Inquiry into Corruption, former President Jacob Zuma has decided to make his views heard. The media was invited to a speech by the former president on Saturday, June 24, but it did not go quite as planned.

as reported from Johannesburg,Claire Bargeles

It was a Jacob Zuma press conference that ended without Jacob Zuma. His lawyer Dali Mpofu declared his absence: “It is because we advised him not to come, because of the rules attached to his conditional release. We prefer to take all our precautions.”

For refusing to appear before the Commission of Inquiry, Jacob Zuma is serving a 15-month suspended sentence for medical reasons. A commission that carried out more than four years of work collected about 300 testimonies, but whose Zuma Foundation and its spokesperson, Mzwanele Manyi, continue to criticize legitimacy“His Excellency President Zuma has been, and still is, beaten by the South African legal system. As for the illegal report written by this illegal commission, it is, as expected, full of gossip, hints and guesses. There is no concrete evidence.”

Judge Zondo’s commission gave this week the last part of his researchand makes it clear that the former president “abused his position” and allowed a large system of corruption to take place.

The arrest of Jacob Zuma last year triggered a wave of deadly riots that killed more than 350 people. Mzwanele Manyi does not rule out the possibility of such incidents happening again: “Domestic volatility can be controlled with good intelligence services. But if we continue with this level of incompetence, anything is possible. “

President Cyril Ramaphosa will announce his intentions on the Commission’s recommendations within four months.

The former president should be brought to court again in mid-August, partly so that justice can consider the legality or not of his conditional release, but also in connection with another corruption case, the Thales case.

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