Former President Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma’s lawyers have told the state capture commission to take full responsibility for the abrupt halt of the former president’s testimony. The commission’s chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo had to adjourn proceedings yesterday to allow for the former president’s legal team and the commission to work through their differences over how to approach his testimony. He had allegedly complained that he was being cross-examined and expected to remember things that either happened a long time ago or had nothing to do with his work while he was head of state. The former president was not happy with the turn of events and wanted a change of approach. He objected to the commission’s evidence leader Advocate Paul Pretorius’ line of questioning, and now legal teams from both sides have to deliberate. Proceedings are expected to resume tomorrow.