- The state capture inquiry saw Pravin Gordhan testifying against Jacob Zuma with Gordhan saying that he is grateful for the opportunity
- Ex-Treasury Director General Fuzile also implicated the ex-president, testifying that Zuma’s connections to the Gupta family were clear
- Deputy Chief Justice Zondo has responded to attacks on the commission stating that they will not impede the investigation
The state capture inquiry has been a hot topic this week with the latest development being testimonies implicating former president Jacob Zuma.
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has revealed that he is thankful for the opportunity to tell the country as the world about corruption and state capture that occurred under Zuma’s rule.
“The public and the world needs to know what went wrong under President Zuma, that corruption and capture actually occurred.”
“I’m just the first of one of many who will come to the commission. I’m glad I was able to make a small contribution. Now I’m tired, so I need to go rest a bit.”
The minister concluded his contribution at the state capture inquiry on Wednesday.
Former Treasury Director-General Lungisa Fuzile has also testified against Zuma, alleging that the ex-president’s agenda corresponded with what the Gupta’s were doing.
Lungisa revealed that when Nhlanhla Nene was fired in 2015 Enoch Godongwana ( ANC head of economic transformation) informed him that the Treasury would receive a Gupta minister, armed with advisers chosen by the family.
“I was starting to get a picture that there was a connection between what the Guptas wanted and the president of the country wanted and was doing,” he explained.
“The removal of people and their replacement with people who would have either been suggested by the Guptas or connected to the Guptas.”
Fuzile further said that his time at the Treasury made it clear that former president Jacob Zuma was connected to the Guptas.
Lungisa Fuzile further testified that it was clear upon Des van Rooyan’s arrival at the Treasury that he was unfamiliar with the people he brought in as advisers.
In other news, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has said that the inquiry will not be impeded in its work by the attacks on the commission.
“There can be no doubt that within the country one can find certain people who would not like this commission to continue [and] would not like this commission to succeed.”
“There’s a job to be done for the country and we will do it. We accept that in doing so there are certain risks, but we will do the job [and] we will not be deterred.” he went on to say.
Zondo also encouraged people working alongside with the commission not to be deterred by those attacking it.
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