In a letter sent to former President Jacob Zuma, the State Capture Inquiry’s secretary, Professor Itumeleng Mosala, has emphasised that should Zuma fail to appear ‘without sufficient cause’, his conduct would be tantamount to committing a criminal offence.

According to the inquiry, Zuma is obligated to show up at the hearings next week since a summons was issued against him, reports TimesLIVE.

This is even if the Constitutional Court has not issued its judgment on the inquiry’s application for the summons against Zuma to be enforced.

‘As you know, on 29 December 2020 the ConCourt reserved its judgment in the application I brought in that court for an order that you comply with the summonses requiring you to appear before the commission… ’ wrote Mosala.

‘The commission wishes to make it clear to you that, even if the court has not handed down its judgment, you are obliged to comply with the summons and appear before it because the summons remain valid and binding on you since it had not been withdrawn, set aside or suspended. Therefore, the commission wishes to make it clear to you that failure on your part, without sufficient cause, to appear before it on 18-22 January 2021 will constitute a criminal offence.’

Zuma has previously defied the inquiry’s summons when he walked out from the hearing late last year.

This came after his application for the recusal of the inquiry chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, was dismissed.

As a result a criminal charge was opened against him.

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