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Former president Jacob Zuma says the state capture commission's request for his daughters' bank statements is a "declaration of war".
This after the commission approached major banks asking for Zuma’s bank statements, those of his daughters as well as entities linked to them.
In a strongly worded statement released on Friday, Zuma indicated he was ready to do battle to defend his daughters.
According to Zuma, the "system" has gone too far in persecuting him.
Zuma has pleaded with law enforcement agencies, media, banks and the Zondo Commission of Inquiry to leave his children alone.
The former president has been at loggerheads with the commission, over its attempts to force him to testify about his alleged involvement in state capture.
"I have indeed accepted that the commission is desperate to deliver me for what is alleged to be my role in what is called state capture as it cannot complete this commission without lynching the original target of those who conceptualised the commission as a part of the campaigns to discredit me," he said.
"However, I condemn as utter cowardice the attempts to target my children by way of clandestine investigations into matters that have nothing to do with them. My children live their lives separately and must be treated like any child or person that has not been implicated in any wrongdoing."
He said the alleged harassment of his children was "the height of barbarism" and further vowed to fight it.