Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
4 minute read
18 Nov 2020
7:47 pm

‘We definitely were friends,’ Zuma insists to Zondo

Bernadette Wicks

The former president has insisted that deputy Chief Justice Ramond Zondo is downplaying their relationship, describing it as “relatively close” and “personal”, in his affidavit in support of Zondo's recusal

Former president Jacob Zuma before his application to have State Capture Commission chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, recuse himself on 17 November 2020. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Former president Jacob Zuma has launched another salvo in deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo’s direction, challenging his Monday statement that the two were never friends, and accusing him of cherry-picking his disclosures. In an affidavit submitted to the state capture commission of inquiry on Wednesday - and as part of his application for Zondo to recuse himself as chair - Zuma insisted the two had shared a close relationship. And he claimed that Zondo’s romance with one of Zuma’s now sisters-in-law in the 1990s - together with the child it had born - had only made this relationship “even closer...