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Zondo’s ruling on Jacob Zuma recusal bid postponed to Thursday

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Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo was due to deliver his decision at 3pm on Wednesday, but that was postponed to 10am on Thursday.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is seen during a session of the commission of inquiry into state capture in Johannesburg on 16 November 2020. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Wednesday yet again delayed his ruling on whether or not to recuse himself from the state capture commission of inquiry.

Zondo was due to deliver his decision at 3pm on Wednesday, but that was postponed to 10am on Thursday.

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A statement released by the secretary of the commission said former President Jacob Zuma had furnished the commission with an affidavit, which Zondo needed to consider.

“This morning, Mr Zuma furnished the commission with a statement/affidavit which the chairperson needs to consider. In the light of this, the chairperson will no longer deliver the ruling at 3pm but will do so at 10am tomorrow,” the statement read.

Zuma had argued through his lawyers that Zondo’s remarks and comments at the commission were insensitive towards him, and showed that he had already made up his mind about his supposed guilt.

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However, the commission’s evidence leader Advocate Paul Pretorius said that Zondo should finish his work.

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