Chris Ndaliso
Senior journalist
3 minute read
27 Jun 2022
14:06

Zuma’s son Edward slams Zondo report, calls it ‘nonsensical’

Chris Ndaliso

Former President Jacob Zuma’s son and ANC member Edward Zuma has rubbished the Zondo Commission’s report which implicated his father in the state capture by the Gupta family.

Former President Jacob Zuma’s son and ANC member Edward Zuma has rubbished the Zondo Commission’s report which implicated his father in the state capture by the Gupta family.

Edward said the family was disturbed by the report and has called for it to be taken on review.

This follows the Jacob Zuma Foundation statement on Saturday in which it also found fault in Zondo’s report which was released last week.

Zondo’s report found Zuma to have abdicated his executive authority (when he was president) to the Guptas and was thus “captured” by them.

The foundation found the report “unlawful” and “highly irrational”.

The foundation said: 

“Justice [Raymond] Zondo dabbled in areas best suited to be dealt with by either the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations, (Hawks) or the newly established Investigative Directorate within the National Prosecuting Authority. Given that it’s almost half a decade since this investigation began, the foundation deemed it appropriate to quickly remind South Africans of the pertinent history around this inquiry and put it into the correct context.”

It said the Constitution of South Africa in section 84 on powers and functions of the president sated that the head of state was responsible for appointing commissions of inquiry.

“There is nothing in the Constitution that gives a chief justice a role to select the chairperson of the commission. The jury is still out as to why the initially chosen chair of the commission, Justice [Seraj] Desai was mysteriously changed on the day of appointment,” said the foundation in a statement.

The foundation said Zuma was, and continued to be selectively ill-treated by the legal system of the country.

It said Zuma has briefed his legal team, among other things, to report Chief Justice Zondo to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) within the next week or two.

The foundation said Zuma would be requiring the courts and the JSC to separately give a serious look into five acts of alleged illegality, breaches of the constitution and the applicable judicial code of conduct.

These, they said, include the exact nature of the historical relationship between Zuma and Zondo; the refusal by Zondo to recuse himself when he was requested to do so.

Meanwhile, Edward on Sunday tore into the Zondo report calling its contents “nonsensical” and “cooked” to purge those who were “aligned” to his father.

He said his father had conditioned them as a family to be able to deal with situations like this.

Edward said: 

“He knew that he would be sacrificed by his own comrades at some point. He used to tell us that some of his comrades were working against him as president at the time. It is wrong that ANC members who support my father are reduced to being aligned to him. The late president Nelson Mandela knew the Guptas. Former president [Thabo] Mbeki knew the Guptas so why is it an issue when President Zuma knows the Guptas? Since I was born my father has been crucified and he is still crucified. This is because of people who are used by foreign agents. This is just a diversion from the PhalaPhala ‘Farmgate’ hence we are calling for Zondo’s report to be taken to review.”