Zuma before Zondo: Too Gupta to be true

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Zuma before Zondo: Too Gupta to be true

Former president's first day of testimony is a bizarre mix of paranoia, conspiracy theories and 'memory lapses'

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Ex-president Jacob Zuma finally faced the music before the state capture inquiry on Monday, but he sang from the same hymn sheet in most of his answers: he had either forgotten, could not recall – or referred queries to the Guptas.

His first day of the week-long appearance ended with questions around a phone call to former Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) boss Themba Maseko in 2010. Zuma did not seem to recall the contents of a phone call – or that he had even made one.

In the call, allegedly made on the same day Maseko was due to meet members of the Gupta family, Zuma is said to have instructed him to “help” the Guptas. In the meeting, Ajay Gupta is said to have instructed Maseko to direct GCIS’s entire R600m media advertising budget into the family’s media interests, which he refused to do...

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