Zuma camp condemns “a lot of gossip”

The spokesman for Jacob Zuma, involved in a report on corruption during his term, condemned a report “filled with gossip, insinuations and guesswork”.

as reported from Johannesburg, Claire Bargeles

In South Africa, Judge Zondo’s commission has just released the latest part of its research this week, clearly showing that the former president “abused his position” and allowed a huge system of corruption to take root.

But the former president Jacob Zuma decided to make his point heard at a press conference, which ultimately took place without the principal concerned. 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 has indeed, for medical reasons, ended a 15-month prison sentence on probation.

The Zondo Commission has carried out more than four years of work and collected about 300 testimonies, but the Zuma Foundation and its spokesperson, Mzwanele Manyi, continue to criticize its 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”. says Zuma Foundation spokesman Mzwanele Manyi.

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

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

For his part, the former president should appear in court again in mid-August, partly in order for justice to test the legality or not of his conditional sentence, but also in the context of another corruption case, The Thales case.

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