- Mzwanele Manyi has retracted his request from earlier today that evidence leader Vincent Maleka should recuse himself
- He has originally made the request after he felt like he was being treated like a criminal by Maleka
- Paul Pretorius addressed the issue, saying that Maleka should in future raise any issues he had with the questions being asked
Mzwanele Manyi, former head of Government Communication and Information System ( GCIS), has retracted his request from this morning for advocate Vincent Maleka to recuse himself.
Earlier today Manyi had asked Vincent Maleka, evidence leader for the state capture commission of inquiry, to recuse himself.
Manyi has not stated that he wishes to drop his application, saying that he would now like to allow Maleka to cross-examine him.
“I don’t want to frustrate the work of the commission”. Manyi elaborated.
This is a far cry from earlier where he accused the advocate of being biased and treating him unfairly.
"I’m put here on a stand as if I’m this criminal that’s lying, so, I request that he must recuse himself and any member of the other legal team can continue where he left off."
Both Mzwanele Manyi and Paul Pretorius ( head of the commission's legal team) has addressed this sudden change of heart.
"I’m informed by Mr Manyi that he doesn’t wish to proceed with the application for recusal. That he’s prepared for Mr Maleka to ask questions and that if he has any difficulties in relation to any particular question, it may be raised with you."
Manyi replied: "Yes, my words were 'I don’t want to be the reason to frustrate the work of the commission'. I think the point has been made and I believe that from here on, Mr Maleka will take that on board."
In other news, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has discussed recent protests outside of the commission ( mostly by EFF supporters) last week and what he perceives as attacks on the inquiries work.
"It’s unacceptable for anybody to subject any witness appearing before the commission to any form of harassment, intimidation.
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