BREAKING NEWS: Zuma’s legal team says they’ll no longer take part in proceedings at #StateCaptureInquiry.
We’re here to say we’re pulling out’ – Zuma lawyer to Zondo
Sikhakhane says that the team received a letter on Wednesday while the teams were trying to reach an agreement.
“Dear Mr Zuma…” the letter informs Zuma that he was implicated in the testimony of Angelo Agrizzi.
“We require to meet with you… with the purpose of obtaining your written explanation in a statement form in response to the allegations against you,” said the commission’s legal team.
Zuma was on the stand at the time.
Sikhakhane turns to the nine witnesses whom Zuma was expected to respond to.
He wants to talk about Angelo Agrizzi.
According to him, Zuma was treated, from the beginning, as an accused person at the commission.
The commission’s legal team denied that Zuma’s protestations about the line of questioning were valid.
The team told Sikhakhane that they intended to proceed this morning.
Sikhakhane read from a letter he received from the commission’s legal teams. He calls it “cheeky”.
In the letter, the commission’s lawyers set out their powers and point out that witnesses are not allowed to refuse to answer questions except on specific grounds in the Commission’s Act.
The commission’s legal team said they will “not make any concessions” in this regard and denied that Zuma was being cross-examined.
“a crisis has been created here” because of a lack of clarity on the rules for the evidence leaders.