Zuma’s “illness” again a matter before Zondo
The session begins with Zuma’s legal team introducing them to Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
Adv. Paul Pretorius SC states the commission’s case.
He said Zuma’s medical condition was discussed in his legal team’s documents, which were received at 4pm on Monday. It is mentioned that he will not be available to testify before March.
Pretorius says the application will take all day today, if the parties argue their sides of the case before Zondo. He says the application will have an impact on future applications before the commission and for that reason some of the points should be formally recorded. This concludes that Zuma’s legal team makes wrong assumptions about the commission in their case.
Zondo says he can’t see why the application will take an entire day. The issues are very clear that are brought before the commission.
Zuma prepared to give medical certificate on his medical condition
Zuma could not testify because of his illness. His word was accepted for that.
This time Zuma offered to make information available that he would not be available for medical reasons.
It’s a good thing that Zuma offered to provide a medical certificate, Zondo says.
In the affidavit made to the commission, there is an indication that the specific information about his illness will be made available. Zondo says it’s not something he’ll do (around the information of Zuma’s disease) without being uncomfortable about it.
Pretorius says that if a summons is to be issued later this year, he will prefer it.