Guptas want to cross-examine Trevor Manuel over Mbalula allegations

Guptas want to cross-examine Trevor Manuel over Mbalula allegations

- The Guptas' lawyer has asked for the right to cross-examine Trevor Manuel

- Manuel is expected to give testimony to the Zondo Commission regarding alleged Gupta interference in Fikile Mbalula's appointment as sports minister

- Previously, the Guptas have been denied the right to cross-examine because they have not returned to South Africa to testify before the Commission

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The Guptas' lawyers will reportedly apply to cross-examine Trevor Manuel regarding his testimony to the Zondo Commission.

He is slated to tell the Commission about allegations that Atul Gupta pulled strings in order to get Fikile Mbalula the position of sports minister, Briefly.co.za learned.

Previously, the Guptas asked for the right to cross-examine Mcebisis Jonas, but were rejected.

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The commission denied the Gupta family the right of cross-examination on the grounds that the family had not come back to South Africa in order to testify.

The Guptas have said that haven't returned to South Africa because they do not trust South African law enforcement agencies. They offered to speak before the Commission via a video link, but this was also rejected.

It appears that the Guptas' renewed confidence in asking for the right to cross-examine stems from the fact that charges against Duduzane Zuma were recently withdrawn. Zuma had been charged with involvement in bribery alongside the Guptas.

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Trevor Manuel, former finance minister, is expected to reveal to the Commission that Fikile Mbalula confessed that Atul Gupta had arranged for him to become sports minister.

Mbalula claims that he met Ajay Gupta, and that Ajay told him that he would receive the position.

The Guptas, however, maintain that Atul has never met Mbalula and that the family played no role in Mbalula's appointment.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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