Analyst: Zuma's walkout is a middle finger to law enforcement

Analyst: Zuma's walkout is a middle finger to law enforcement

A political analyst says the State Capture Commission would have to read carefully on its powers to subpoena individuals if it wants to see Jacob Zuma back in the hot seat.

Jacob Zuma at Zondo commission

The former president upped and left the commission yesterday, without telling Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who'd earlier dismissed his recusal application. 

"He has left today without asking me to be excused, this is a serious matter. He was going to be asked to take the witness stand." 


Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni says in the commission's act once you refuse to appear without reason then you can be charged or imprisoned.

 "The only way you can prevent that from happening is if you had to go to court and try to appeal that." 

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Fikeni says if Zuma decides to go to court, it would be an urgent matter because the commission's about to wrap up.

"His inability to self introspect and even be remorseful that certain wrong things happened under his watch.

"You could take ownership of that without necessarily saying I am guilty but say with the help of hindsight now that I see what is being said, I wish I had done things differently," he said. 

"I think the country itself is ready to forgive but the more he shows the middle finger to the law enforcement process the more the public outrage grows."

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