The Zondo Commission of Inquiry has issued a stern warning against former South African president Jacob Zuma to appear before it next week regardless of the pending court’s ruling or face consequences.
In a letter addressed to Zuma, Itumeleng Mosala said Zuma is obliged to comply or be charged with a criminal offense.
“The Commission wishes to make it clear to you that, even if the court has not handed down its judgement by 18 January 2021, you are obliged to comply with the summons and appear before it because the summons remain valid and binding on you since it has not been withdrawn, set aside or suspended.
Therefore the commission wishes to make it clear to you that any failure on your part, without sufficient cause, to appear before it from 18 to 22 January 2021 will constitute a criminal offense.”
Zuma’s lawyers have not responded to the commission’s letter.
Mosala urged the country’s highest court to rule that Zuma is obligated by the Constitution to account for his nine years of leadership in South Africa.