- Jacob Zuma has come under fire from the State Capture Inquiry’s legal team for not responding to evidence given against him by witnesses testifying at the inquiry
- Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has repeatedly invited Zuma to respond to allegations made against him by witnesses such as Vytjie Mentor, Themba Maseko and Nhlanhla Nene
- Zondo was forced to postpone the inquiry until 12 November on Wednesday after Pravin Gordhan and Barbara Hogan missed deadlines to submit worn statements
Former president Jacob Zuma has come under fire from the State Capture Inquiry’s legal team for not responding to evidence given against him by witnesses testifying at the inquiry. Zuma has thus far chosen not to provide answers in response to allegations levelled against him.
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has repeatedly invited Zuma to provide his own version of events for allegations made by witnesses such as Vytjie Mentor, Themba Maseko and Nhlanhla Nene. Zondo said it was important for the commission to hear every possible angle of the state capture saga.
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Advocate Thandi Norman was enraged when Zuma’s lawyer Daniel Mantsha publicly complained about the way in which the inquiry had provided former public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan’s sworn testimony to Zuma.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mantsha said the inquiry had sent Hogan’s testimony to Zuma’s legal team late which now meant the team did not have sufficient time to prepare an adequate response to Hogan’s testimony.
Eyewitness News reported that Norman fired back at the comment, saying the inquiry had made Hogan’s initial statement available to Zuma and his team in August and were still waiting for any form of response from the former president.
Mantsha quickly backtracked and said he had not received specific instructions from Zuma about answering to Hogan’s initial statement.
Timeslive.co.za reported that on Wednesday, Zondo was forced to postpone the inquiry until 12 November because Hogan had submitted her sworn written testimony late and the current minister of public enterprises Pravin Gordhan had also missed the submission deadline. This is to allow their statements to be provided to those who they implicate.
Zondo said postponing the inquiry was the only sensible and reasonable course of actions because it would allow those implicated to prepare a cross-examination of the witnesses.
Hogan was originally scheduled to deliver her testimony on Wednesday while Gordhan was penned in for Friday.
Hogan is believed to have informed the inquiry that she will add to the growing list of witnesses who have linked Zuma to state capture. Hogan refused to comment on the matter or to provide a clue to what she would reveal.
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