#StateCaptureInquiry: Zuma backers pose potential headache for Zondo

As former president Jacob Zuma takes the stand on Monday to respond to a raft of serious allegations levelled against him for the first time, some of his supporters are hoping to throw a spanner in the works.

The Star understands that a group of Zuma backers who call themselves “Concerned South African Citizens” are planning to petition Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to push for the expansion of the scope of the commission.

“We understand that the mandate of the commission was derived from the report by the former public protector, titled the ‘State of Capture’, but as a consequence the mandate of the commission is far too narrow, and actually fatally flawed,” the group claimed.

The group also accused Justice Zondo of factionalism in how he has conducted the commission’s work.

“We are making an earnest call to Justice Zondo to avoid entering the minefield of factional battles, which can only lead to the abuse of the judiciary,” the group said.

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