JOHANNESBURG - Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says Duduzane Zuma lied to the state capture inquiry.
Zuma says Madonsela didn't give him a right of reply to allegations made against him.
Madonsela counters Zuma was given several opportunities to respond.
“I don’t know why he is lying but I know what he has gained by lying. What he has gained by lying is diversion and victimhood,” Madonsela said.
“We know as lawyers that a case is not won purely on facts, public narrative is equally important. So what does the public do now, instead of focusing on state capture, the public narrative is diverted into ‘was Mr. Zuma treated badly?’.
“What it does mean then, it means that until we get the final product, he is a victim and he is not really an accountable accused person.”
Madonsela says the state capture is an opportunity for Zuma to tell his side of the story and it is not about whether he was treated properly or not.
“You should see the commission as a continuum from the public protector. It is sort of a relay, we have handed over the baton to the commission,” she said.