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I’m too ill to testify, says Zuma, and Zondo can do nothing about it

The state capture inquiry has no rules to deal with the non-appearance of an invited witness due to illness

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Former president Jacob Zuma will not return to testify at the Zondo state capture inquiry next week, after his lawyers informed the commission that “he is ill and unable to attend the hearings”.

As yet, no date for Zuma’s long-awaited evidence has been set, and the inquiry has not responded to questions about whether he has provided a written response to the “areas of interest” he was asked to address in an 11-page document sent to his lawyers in July 2019.

Because Zuma has been invited to testify, and not subpoenaed, the inquiry cannot force him into the witness box. There are also no rules formulated by the inquiry to deal with the non-appearance of a witness due to illness – and it has, as yet, not responded to questions about whether it was given, or asked for, evidence of Zuma’s ill-health...

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