On Monday the chairperson of the state capture commission of inquiry, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said that former President Jacob Zuma has been informed to appear between 16 to 20 November this year and that this will not be negotiable.
Zuma was expected to appear at the commission this week but his legal representative said that he would not be able to attend due to preparations for a criminal trial. They also said he was receiving more legal advice after changes to the inquiry’s regulations and his doctor advised him to limit movement as he is at high-risk for contracting Covid-19.
On 9 October, Zondo will hear an application from the commission’s legal team to authorise a summons against Zuma. The chairperson says that this will be heard regardless of whether Zuma or his legal representatives are present.
Zondo said that he will refrain on commenting on the reasons presented for Zuma not to appear this week and reiterated that the commission will not negotiate dates with witnesses.