Thursday, 08 October 2020 20:04


Photo Credit:Esa Alexander.

The Jacob Zuma Foundation has once again accused the state capture commission of playing politics.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the foundation said Zuma’s lawyers got the amended notice late on Monday and they were not given sufficient time as the matter would be argued before the commission on Friday.

This is done at this late stage and a few days before an already set date for this pre-determined application. The dates therein sought are the same date chairperson DCJ Justice Zondo has already publicly announced," the foundation said in a statement.

According to the amended application, the secretariat of the commission seeks an order from Zondo to authorise it to issue summons to compel Zuma to appear before the commission to answer questions from November 16 to 20 this year.

It vehemently argues that the dates had already been publicly announced by Zondo and this shows apparent bias.

The foundation said the application served on Zuma on Monday "is nothing but a ruse, whose outcome has been clearly predetermined", adding that it hopes that the public sees the commission "and its evidence leaders for what they are", which it said is "a political process parading as a legal process".

The foundation said the commission’s alleged continued biased conduct against Zuma "affirms our apprehension of bias as previously alleged".

The commission will hear an application for an order Authorizing the Secretary of the commission to issue a summons for Zuma, at 09:00 tomorrow.