State capture inquiry: Mzansi reacts to day 1 with Zuma
Former president Jacob Zuma's first state capture testimony dominated news headlines yesterday, thrusting it to the top of Twitter's trends lists.
Zuma, who has been central to allegations of state capture, addressed the Zondo commission of inquiry on Monday and is set to testify until Friday.
Appearing before deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo for the first time, he is expected to name those he accuses of using the commission to discredit him.
According to a BusinesLIVE report, he can choose to answer questions put to him or openly defy a process he clearly regards as illegitimate.
Zuma has previously slammed the inquiry as "politicised", lacking impartiality, biased against him and controlled by shadowy forces he has yet to name.
He insisted there was no evidence that he's done anything wrong.
Meanwhile, social media users took to Twitter to express their opinions on Zuma's first date with the state capture inquiry. Here is a snapshot of some of the top reactions:
It is getting interesting at the #StateCaptureInquiry! Spies are being exposed. Why was President Mbeki replaced as Chief Negotiator by the NEC at the instruction of foreign intelligence services? So our 1st Premier in Limpopo is a Spy?? Who else Baba Msholozi?? We are all ears!— Floyd Shivambu (@FloydShivambu) July 15, 2019
A speech writer for OR Tambo. A Limpopo premier. The guy who stood up and called for Mbeki to be recalled (and was supported), the guy you made a minister was an apartheid spy?— Qaanitah|Mzekezeke|Hunter (@QaanitahHunter) July 15, 2019
#JacobZuma— MoAfrica (@Modikoe_NM) July 15, 2019
▪Mandela had a friendship with the Guptas.
▪Mbeki had a friendship with the Guptas.
▪Rupert told Mbalula that if He fires Pravin Gordhan, they will bring on the economy of the country down.
▪Ngoako Ramathlodi was recruited to work as a spy.
Drop those files baba. pic.twitter.com/poahr087YK
So, Zuma thinks that because he will implicate other parties, the process would be unfair? He was also implicated mos. Zuma must say what he wants to say & stop threatening. What...he's saving this information for a non-existent book? Mothako wa tena. #statecapturecommission— Kgaugelo S. Wa Lecowza (@kgaugelo_SM) July 15, 2019
I have a suspicion that some minister may be named as part of the spies that foreign intelligence has planted within the ANC, according to Zuma. Y’all know that minister? The one who apparently doesn’t campaign? #ZondoCommission #statecapturecommission— Khudu Thamaga 🇿🇦 🇵🇸 (@Notemash7) July 15, 2019
Former president Jacob Zuma addressed his supporters outside the commission of inquiry into state capture in Parktown after his first day of testimony on July 15, 2019.