- Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, who is testifying at the State Capture Inquiry, laid charges of defamation, injuria against EFF leader Julius Malema yesterday after being called “a dog of white monopoly capital”
- The EFF responded by laying charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering against Gordhan today
- Zondo said that the “intimdation” was “unacceptable”
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, during today's State Capture Inquiry which he is the chair of, said that for a witness of the inquiry to be intimdated was “unacceptable”, The Citizen reports.
Speaking at the commission today, Zondo said that witnesses may not want to testify at the inquiry due to the insults being hurled. He said that Gordhan willingly testified and was willing to have his testimony investigated. Zondo said that he and the commission could not become involved with political disputes between Gordhan and his political opponents, and also spoke out against abuse aimed at advocate Paul Pretorious of the commission.
The EFF has been protesting outside the commission, calling Gordhan “a dog of white monopoly capital”, and accussing his daughter of corruption. This lead to Gordhan laying charges of defamation, crimen injuria and incitement of violence against EFF leader Julius Malema.
At the moment, Zondo says that the police will not be involved, and the focus would be on the inquiry.
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