Former president Jacob Zuma dropped bombshells at the Zondo commission on Monday. He maintained his innocence throughout his testimony at the state capture inquiry.
The Waterkloof landing was once again under the spotlight, with Zuma saying he was never asked if the Gupta family could land at the airforce base.
I knew they were going to land but didn’t know where. I never did anything to break the law with the Gupta family.”
Even though the Guptas have been described as friends of Zuma, he claims he and the family have done nothing wrong.
The former president then dropped a bombshell, calling former minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi, who implicated Zuma, a spy.“He was recruited when he was a student in Lesotho to be a spy.”
Zuma also claimed he faced several attempts on his life, from poisoning to suicide bombers and has remained quiet for years, but is finally ready to speak out. It involved people brought from outside the country… suicide bombers.
“This conspiracy against me has been stretched at all material times when things are to be done or said and that’s why the character assassination began. They had a plan to begin in 1990, a process of character assassination of Zuma. If I can tell you the details of the plan to kill me in Durban, was detailed, detailed, it involved people brought from outside of the country. I’ve been vilified, alleged to be the King of corrupt people. The question I ask them, these people who participate in it, where do they get the idea that Zuma must be put down, who instructs them?”
Zuma also denied instructing former GCIS head Themba Maseko to help the Guptas.
Maseko had told the Zondo commission the then president called him and asked him to assist the family. But Zuma says he cannot remember that call.
“I’m not sure. I don’t remember…I don’t think there was something out of the ordinary whether there was a call or not.
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