File: The last and only time former president Jacob Zuma appeared at the state capture inquiry was mid-July last year.
JOHANNESBURG – Former President Jacob Zuma’s lawyer Advocate Muzi Sikhakhane dropped a bombshell on his client’s fourth-day appearance at the state capture inquiry on Friday.
Sikhakhane told commission chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo that his client will no longer participate in the commission.
"Chair, we are here today to say we will take no further part in these proceedings," Sikhakhane told the inquiry.
He claims Zuma was brought to the commission under false pretences.
A number of witnesses at the commission have implicated him in state capture.
Zuma halted his testimony earlier this week, saying he felt he was being cross-examined.
Zuma’s legal team says the former President agreed to appear before the commission out of respect for the citizens of the country but the team's now chosen to withdraw, citing what they call serious procedural deficiencies.