Zuma at Zondo: 101 questions he must answer

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Zuma at Zondo: 101 questions he must answer

Former president Jacob Zuma has been associated with state capture and grand corruption for years. His name has been omnipresent in the testimony of almost every witness in front of the commission of inquiry into state capture and he is implicated in some of the most egregious breaches of law connected to capture.

He's never accounted for his role in the lost decade in which he was head of state and has consistently questioned why he was ever implicated. When former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela managed to get an audience with him in October 2016 he evaded all efforts to prod him to answer questions. And there's no doubt his legal team will on Monday again attempt to prevent him from having to answer for his deeds.

But if Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who chairs the commission, manages to force Zuma to sit down and be examined, there are thousands of questions millions of South Africans would like answers to. Here are 101 of those – by no means a conclusive list, but a certainly a good start.

Tweet us your questions for Zuma @News24, @AdriaanBasson or @PieterDuToit. We'd love to add to the list.

Pieter du Toit

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101 questions Jacob Zuma must answer at the Zondo commission

Adriaan Basson and Pieter du Toit

Former president Jacob Zuma is expected to appear in front of the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture on Monday. During his tenure as head of state between 2009 and 2018 crucial state institutions and state-owned companies were reconfigured to serve the capture project. There are thousands of questions he needs to answer, but these 101 queries will help us understand Zuma and capture in his own words.


Mpumelelo Mkhabela

Former president Jacob Zuma, who experienced the hardship of being in the struggle for the democratic constitutional order which he partly chose to abandon later in his career in favour of state capture, now has to face the commission of inquiry he was forced to establish. What should he do? He has two options at the commission of inquiry..