Within days, former president Jacob Zuma will appear before the Zondo commission into state capture, an inquiry that he has slammed as "politicised", lacking impartiality, biased against him and controlled by shadowy forces that he has yet to name.

Zuma — who has been asked to "give his side" of the story on allegations that he and his administration were "captured" by private interests — can choose to answer the questions put to him, or openly defy a process he clearly regards as illegitimate.

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