'I'm alleged to be the king of corrupt people' - Zuma

Former president Jacob Zuma appears before the state capture inquiry.
Former president Jacob Zuma appears before the state capture inquiry.
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“I have been vilified, alleged to be the king of corrupt people” were former president Jacob Zuma’s first words at the state capture commission of inquiry where he is appearing on Monday.

Zuma is appearing before commission chairperson deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo following various allegations by people who were in his cabinet while he was president.

The commission has so far heard evidence on how the Gupta family enjoyed special benefits during Zuma’s tenure as president of the country,

He has been implicated in wrongdoing by various people including former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor, former CEO of Government Communication and Information Systems (GCIS) Themba Maseko, and former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.

Former president Jacob Zuma appeared at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture in Johannesburg on July 15 2019. While supporters, and detractors, gathered outside the venue, Zuma touched on several interesting topics.

Mentor told the commission how Zuma was at the Gupta’s Saxonwold mansion when one of the infamous brothers offered her a job as minister of public enterprises.

Maseko said that Zuma had called and asked him to assist the Gupta family when they launched their newspaper The New Age.

Zuma said that he never responded to these allegations as he believed there was no proof to back them up.

“I have been a subject of talk in this country for more than a decade. I’ve been vilified, alleged to be the king of corrupt people. I’m the most corrupt. I’ve been given every other name and I never responded to those issues. Firstly, because I believe it is important that we all respect one another, that we must say things we know about other people, not just tell things that we cannot prove,” said Zuma.

He is expected to be on the stand until Friday to give his side of the story and respond to the allegations against him.

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