Advocate Glynnis Breytenbach, DA spokesperson on justice and correctional services has welcomed the decision taken by the State Capture Inquiry to lay a criminal complaint against former president Jacob Zuma.
Zuma failed to make his court appearance before the State Capture Inquiry when he was summoned to testify in January and secretary Professor Itumeleng Mosala, has also indicated the Commission’s intention to consider further action against Zuma should he fail to obey a summons issued for his appearance on Monday.
Breytenbach welcomed this by saying that drastic action is necessary and that Zuma must be held responsible for his role in State Capture.
“If Zuma is allowed to continue this contemptuous behaviour, it will entrench a perception that he is above the law,” she said, according to IOL.
“The SAPS in particular needs to be prepared to arrest Zuma should he fail to show up. If he carries through with his planned defiance, Zuma must be arrested and face the full consequences of his appalling behaviour, just like any other citizen would have to do.”
Breytenbach also said the public had collectively decided on a constitutional democracy as the only way to protect “all of us from arbitrary tin pot dictators like Zuma”.
“The law must now take its course, and now, finally, there must be consequences for Zuma,” she said.
Zuma, who served as President of South Africa from 2009 until he was ousted from his position in 2017, was at the centre of the State Capture controversy in South Africa. Therefore, the Jacob Zuma testimony will be critical for the State Capture Inquiry and whether those who looted the government for billions of rands will be brought to justice.