South Africa: S.African anti-graft panel to ask police to probe Zuma walkout

A South African commission hearing testimonies about rampant state corruption during Jacob Zuma’s reign said Monday that it would ask police to investigate the former president after he walked out last week.

After months of playing cat-and-mouse, Zuma appeared before the panel last week seeking what he called an “impartial” judge, demanding that the commission’s chair, deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, recuse himself.

But Zondo tossed out this application on Thursday, saying it “failed to meet the test for a reasonable apprehension of bias.”

Shortly after the ruling, the commission took a few minutes recess, but Zuma and his lawyer Muzi Sikhakhane did not return.

Zuma had been expected to face a request to take to the witness stand.

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