‘Jessie Duarte must face disciplinary action by the ANC’ - scores respond to leaked pro-Zuma audio
A leaked recording of ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte advising former president Jacob Zuma against appearing at the state capture inquiry has triggered mixed reactions on social media.
Listen to the audio here:
The leaked audio clip is from last month’s virtual national executive committee (NEC) meeting. In it, Duarte says it is “not a good thing” for Zuma to testify at the inquiry given his historical relationship with its chairperson deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo.
Zuma has defied the inquiry on several occasions and cited his kinship with Zondo as the reason for his refusal to appear.
In the audio clip, Duarte says the former president had adequately expressed his concerns abut the inquiry and suggested he appears before a different judge.
Last week, the Constitutional Court directed Zuma to file an affidavit by today indicating what penalty it must impose should it find him in contempt of court. The court had ordered him to testify in February.
Zondo launched an application for the court to jail Zuma for two years for his defiance.
Some have expressed frustration about Duarte’s perceived support of the embattled former president and others have called for the ruling party to institute a disciplinary process against her.
Here’s what was said on social media:
audio reveals how Jessie Duarte advised Jacob Zuma not to appear before state capture inquiry— Mr T (@LucasKhaphioa3) April 13, 2021
I ALWAYS SAY JESSIE IS THE SILENT KILLER IN THE ANC HE MUST ALSO BE ON THE 30 DAY LIST OF CORRUPT INDIVIDUALS
#JessieDuarte I strongly feel that Jessie Duarte should face disciplinary action for undermining the decision of the ANC NEC which resolved that Zuma's onslaught on the law and judiciary is flawed. The NEC made it clear that it distanced itself from the unwarranted attacks by JZ— Lucky Manyuma 🇿🇦 (@Luckymanyuma) April 14, 2021
The ANC is busy acting like a DRAMA QUEEN instead of running the country. Today is Jessie Duarte tomorrow Jacob Zuma or Ace Makgashule. The following day will be Cyril Ramaphosa or Pravin Jamnandas. Next time will be Nkandla or Top 6. This is going to be a looong five years🤦 pic.twitter.com/uk0JBMjfRx— KETSO (@KETSO_4LIFE) April 13, 2021
So Jessie Duarte thinks the whole country must bend over backwards for the looter like Zuma? Egezephi lowo Zuma? She says the entire judiciary is biased against Zuma. The audicity...— Sipho Mbanjwa (@SiphoMbanjwa5) April 13, 2021