‘Back room masters’ pulling Zondo’s strings to target JZ: Jacob Zuma Foundation

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MAY 24, 2018. Hill on Empire, Johannesburg. "Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo outlined progress made in the commission of inquiry into state capture involving the Gupta family and their associates.Former president Jacob Zuma set up the inquiry after being forced to do so by a court. "PHOTOGRAPH: ALON SKUY

Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo’s declaration that he had a child with a sister of one of former president Jacob Zuma’s wives more than 25 years ago was just “propaganda and a publicity stunt”.

This is according to the Jacob Zuma Foundation, which hit back with Zuma’s statement on Saturday evening.

Zondo lifted the lid on the personal family connection that Zuma had alluded to in making calls for Zondo to recuse himself as state capture commission chair. Zuma has claimed that Zondo is biased against him.

In its statement, the foundation said the timing of Zondo’s announcement on Thursday was intriguing, as the former president’s legal team had not planned to bring up the matter in its recusal application.