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A day after former president Jacob Zuma told students at the Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha that there was no such thing as state capture, his lawyer said he was willing to testify at the commission he appointed to investigate it. In a surprise development, state capture inquiry chair Raymond Zondo said on Thursday he wanted to hear the former president’s version of events, despite the former president saying he did not believe he had been implicated ethically or criminally during evidence before the commission. The commission, as part of its regulations, has the power to subpoena witnesses and force them to testify. Zuma has been directly linked to allegations of state capture by former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor and former government spokesperson Themba Maseko.

The former president, his son Duduzane and the controversial Gupta family are at the centre of the state capture web. The Guptas have been accused of having influence over Zuma and the running of the state, and of usin...

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