- Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has agreed to allow Tom Moyane cross-examine Minister Pravin Gordhan
- EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu welcomed the decision to allow the ex-SARS commissioner to take on the Public Enterprises Minister
- However, Shivambu questioned why the encounter was planned ahead of time
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has elected to allow former South African Revenue Service commissioner Tom Moyane to cross-examine Pravin Gordhan.
The Public Enterprises Minister will now answer questions that have been laid out ahead of time in order to allow for preparations to be made.
This has not gone down well with Economic Freedom Fighter deputy Floyd Shivambu:
"Right direction: but why does the commission prescribe questions on what Pravin must be asked about? Does it happen with all other people who are cross-examined?"
While this is not the norm at the State Capture Inquiry, it is by no means revolutionary.
Briefly.co.za reported that Zondo had ended a stalemate with former president Jacob Zuma by allowing a set of questions to be sent ahead of time.
This had eased the way forward for what had been a difficult first appearance for the statesman, although he has yet to honour any of his scheduled appearances.
Although it remains unclear why Gordhan's cross-examination has been given the same treatment as Zuma, it is by no means unheard-of.
Gordhan will now need to tackle the allegations he made on Moyane's time at the helm of the tax agency.
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