15, February 2021
South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma has not shown up at a state inquiry into corruption during his time in office.
The former president defied an order by the country’s top court to appear before the commission on Monday to answer questions regarding allegations of high-level graft.
Zuma’s tenure in office from 2009 to 2018, which had coincided with the speedy rise of the Gupta family, was rife with accusations of corruption.
It is alleged that billions of dollars of state funds may have been looted through corrupt awarding of government tenders linked to the Gupta brothers.
Zuma’s lawyers confirmed in a letter to the inquiry that the former president would not attend the inquiry, where he was due to give evidence.
“The summons issued for our client to appear on Feb 15-19 2021 is irregular,” the letter said.
Zuma, 78, says he is innocent of any wrongdoing. However, he has not cooperated till now with the so-called “state capture” inquiry.