Zuma could face big stick for flouncing out of Zondo probe

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Zuma could face big stick for flouncing out of Zondo probe

He runs the risk of being found in contempt for his disappearing act after judge refused to recuse himself

Genevieve Quintal and Mawande Amashabalala

Former president Jacob Zuma could find himself charged with contempt for defying deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, after leaving the state capture commission without permission on Thursday, having failed in his bid to get the chair to recuse himself.

Zondo dismissed Zuma’s application for the chair to recuse himself from hearing evidence given by the former president or any of his family members. Having spent more than a year attempting to dodge the commission, Zuma walked out, despite a summons to appear and answer questions.

The Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution executive secretary Lawson Naidoo, said the deputy chief justice could now lay a charge of contempt against Zuma, which could see him get a fine, and or a prison sentence of up to six months. ..

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