19th November 2020
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has dismissed former president Jacob Zuma's application for his recusal.
Zondo said in his announcement that there was evidence to prove any relationship with Zuma that would disqualify him to sit as chair in the hearing.
"I am of the opinion that on the undisputed facts, there was not the kind of relationship between myself and the applicant such as will disqualify me from chairing this commission, nor is it a proper ground for me to recuse myself," he said.
he said if Zuma thought there was an issue, he should have challenged the selection of the judge with the Chief Justice when the name was given to him.
Zuma filed an additional affidavit this week, in which he says Zondo was downplaying their relationship, insisting they are friends.
Zondo denied this claim and said, "the applicant cannot be allowed to raise this issue so late in the day."
"There is no sound reason why the applicant only raises the issue of personal relationship, between myself and himself, close to three years after my appointment to chair this commission," he said.
He also added that the commission has been trying for almost a year in trying to get former president Jacob Zuma to complete his testimony.
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