South Africa's accused ex-president Jacob Zuma said on Monday that he had been "slandered" by state agents during a judicial investigation of alleged looting while he was at the power was.
"I was vilified, allegedly the king of corrupt people," he told the investigation. I think it's important that we respect each other. "
The former president is accused of cultivating a culture of corruption during a nine-year reign, before he was ousted by the decision in 2018 ANC party and replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa.
Zuma, 77, was not legally required to investigate the so-called "State Capture" scandal.
State capture describes a form of corruption in which companies and politicians conspire to influence politics in order to advance their own interests.
He denies any wrongdoing and rejects the concept of "state capture," while his lawyers described the investigation as an attempt to "attack and humiliate" him.
Too ma, who approached the commission at the beginning of the day, said he had been the victim of a "character murder over 20 years".
His request to see questions in advance was rejected by the commission of inquiry, which had invited him to appear "to give his side of the story" after other witnesses had brought up damnable evidence against him.
Under the direction of Judge Raymond Zondo, the investigation examines a network of businesses involving government officials, the wealthy Gupta family, and state-owned companies.
"The commission is not mandated to prove anyone, but to investigate and investigate certain allegations," Zondo said, thanking Zuma for his appearance.
Before Zuma spoke, his lawyer Muzi Sikhakhane told the commission: "The propaganda machine out there was quite alive.
" The former president founded this commission and is ready to cooperate.
According to Angelo Agrizzi, one of the investigative witnesses, Zuma allegedly receives a monthly bribe of $ 2,200 in luxury bags from a contractor attempting to evade police investigations.
The money was theoretical for his
Agrizzi said his company also organized free parties, liquor deliveries, and birthday cakes to keep the Zuma employees' favor.
Former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, released by Zuma in 2015, said, Zuma have pushed ahead with nuclear and aviation policies that should benefit the Gupta family.
The Gupta brothers are accused of fraudulently benefiting from government contracts under Zuma, including energy and transportation.
The family owned one Uranium mine, whose profits would have risen through nuclear business, as well as a Allegedly, they had such an influence on Zuma that they could select some of his Cabinet ministers to investigate that the Guptas were his offered the Finance Minister's job and even threatened to kill him after refusing to accept a $ 40 million bribe.
Zuma was forced to initiate the investigation in January 2018, shortly before he left office, after failing. A legal dispute over the repeal of instructions from the country's Ethics Ombudsman.
He was sitting in the center of Johannesburg and has been heard by numerous witnesses in a meeting of over 130 days since last year.
Zuma was separately charged with 16 counts of transplantation associated with a gun business before he became president.
Indian-born Gupta brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh have left South Africa and are now based in Dubai. They also deny any wrongdoing.
Ramaphosa strives to distance himself from the Zuma era. He described his presidency as a "new dawn" for the country and described the investigation as a "very painful process".