Zuma reconsiders state capture testimony

Former president Jacob Zuma has called a halt to his testimony at the State Capture Inquiry, for now.

JOHANNESBURG - Former president Jacob Zuma has called a halt to his testimony at the state capture inquiry, for now.

After just two-and-a-half days on the stand, Zuma and his legal team cried foul. 

Zuma complained of unfair "interrogation" as he was quizzed over the appointment of a high-ranking official he allegedly imposed on a state-owned company. 

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Former Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan testified Zuma improperly interfered in Siyabonga Gama's appointment to lead Transnet.

"I have a problem because I'm being made to go through the details...  I'm expected to remember every other detail on the work generally is done by DGs and officials," a flustered Zuma told the commission.

Zuma's advocate jumped to his feet after Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo indicated questioning could proceed.

"My client is clearly being cross-examined," said lawyer Muzi Sikhakhane.

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"I want my client to consider his position -- I advised him to come here in bona fides and I do not think I was right," he said.

Zuma's testimony will resume on Friday morning if an agreement between the commission and Zuma's legal team is reached.

- Additional reporting AFP

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