Full of contempt: Zuma refuses to face the music, so Zondo wants jail time
Zuma again ran the risk of being in contempt of court after failing to appear before the state capture probe on Monday
After days of speculation and last-ditch attempts to convince him otherwise, former president Jacob Zuma informed the Zondo Commission on Monday, “as a matter of courtesy”, he won’t be appearing.
Zuma, through his lawyers, described the summons to appear before deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo as “irregular”. This led to an announcement by the commission chair that the inquiry would seek an order from the Constitutional Court to have the former president jailed.
“We formally inform the commission, as a matter of courtesy, that our client [Zuma] will not be appearing before the commission on February 15-19 2021,” read the notice. “The summons issued for our client to appear on February 15-19 is irregular and not in line with the fourth order of the Constitutional Court judgment of January 28, 2021.”..