Zuma at Zondo: Round One

Staff Writer | Jul 16, 2019
On his first day at the Zondo Commission, former president Jacob Zuma accused former Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi of being an apartheid spy.

Ramatlhodi has denied the claim, countering that Zuma himself is a spy.

Appearing yesterday, Zuma told the commission: ‘What made Ngoako behave the way he did, here, saying we have auctioned the country, in the NEC [national executive committee of the African National Congress (ANC)] I just do what I like? He's carrying out an instruction. He was recruited when he was a student in Lesotho to be a spy.’

In his earlier testimony, Ramatlhodi had made a number of allegations including that the Guptas had the power to summon Zuma to their home.

He said ANC leaders had tried several times to warn Zuma about what they believed was a toxic relationship. But he says Zuma would tell the party's NEC that the Guptas helped him, his son Duduzane and the family when no one else would.

Ramatlhodi says he's willing to take a lie detector test and wants Zuma to do the same.

Zuma denied allegations of state capture, insisting the Gupta family were just friends.


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