Secretary general of the African National Congress (ANC), Ace Magashule, said the party’s top officials had made a decision to respect former President Jacob Zuma’s rights. The top 6 held a virtual meeting with the former leader on Monday night over his decision to defy a Constitutional Court order to return to the state capture inquiry.
Ace Magashule described the meeting, which lasted 5 hours, as positive, constructive, energising and giving of hope to the people of South Africa. Zuma missed his deadline to oppose the state capture commission’s contempt of court application, which is currently before the Constitutional Court. The former president maintained that he will go back to the witness stand at the inquiry if its chairperson Raymond Zondo recuses himself.
Magashule said the top six meeting with Zuma anchored around the country’s Constitution and the Bill of Rights. He described it as one of the best meetings ever held, and told journalists during Monday night’s media briefing that Zuma delivered an extensive presentation to ANC leaders explaining his position.
“And we all agreed that there has not been any intention to undermine the Constitution of South Africa.”
The top officials were tasked by the national executive committee during its meeting last month to engage the former leader to understand his decision to defy the constitutional court. Magashule said the party respected Zuma’s rights and had decided to give him space to deal with the matter.
“Whether to appear before the state commission, judicial commission of inquiry… we have left that matter because he will further consult with his lawyers.”