SA panel orders Zuma to testify on graft allegations

A South African judicial panel probing corruption throughout former President Jacob Zuma’s rule mentioned it’ll compel him to look earlier than it to reply questions after he refused to take action voluntarily.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who heads the panel, agreed on Friday to challenge a summons to Zuma to look on November 16.

Zuma appeared earlier than the panel final 12 months, however withdrew from the proceedings after his legal professionals objected to the road of questioning and argued that he was being unfairly cross-examined.

“Mr. Zuma’s proof is each needed and fascinating for the fee,” mentioned Paul Pretorius, the pinnacle of the panel’s authorized workforce.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, who succeeded Zuma in February 2018, has estimated that greater than R500 billion ($30 billion ) was looted from state coffers throughout Zuma’s rule. Zuma denies any wrongdoing.

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