Zondo Commission says Fikile Mbalula missed deadline to respond

Zondo Commission says Fikile Mbalula missed deadline to respond

- The Commission claims that Mbalula has not replied to their request that he give testimony

- It has now given Mbalula until Monday to respond

- The Commission added that it was giving Mbalula the benefit of the doubt

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ANC head of elections, Fikile Mbalula, has been given until Monday to submit his testimony to the Zondo Commission.

This comes after Mbalula claimed not to have received a notice to appear before the Commission.

He has been asked to respond to claims made about by Trevor Manuel.

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The Commission's Leah Gcabashe says that a notice was emailed to Mbalula in October of last year, along with a reminder message in February 2019, but that Mbalula did not respond. Mbalula also claims not to have received Manuel's statement regarding him.

However, the Commission has said that they are giving Mbalula the benefit of the doubt and assuming that he is willing to testify.

Nevertheless, Gcabashe said that "enforcement tools" would have to be used if Mbalula did not respond to the Commission's request by Monday.

This follows Manuel's claims in 2017 that Mbalula had admitted that Atul Gupta had told him that he would be appointed as sports minister before he even knew about it.

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Manuel is now appearing before the Commission to give testimony regarding the extent of state capture, as well as the corruption involved in the appointment of several Cabinet ministers.

Manuel served as finance minister from 1996 until 2009, and was also in government during the Zuma administration.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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