- Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has made it clear that he will decide when Dudu Myeni may invoke her privilege to remain silent
- The former SAA chairperson was told that she would not be allowed to pick which answers she would provide without reasonable grounds
- In addition to this, Myeni may face action after revealing the identity of a protected witness
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has made it clear that he would decide if and when Dudu Myeni could invoke her privilege to remain silent.
The chairperson of the State Capture Inquiry explained that the commission was affording the former SAA board chair the chance to respond to allegations made against her.
Zondo explained that, on her last day of testimony, Myeni needed reasonable grounds to refuse to answer questions.
In addition to this, Myeni may well be facing serious charges laid against her by the inquiry.
Evidence leader Kate Hofmeyr insists that Myeni exposed a protected witness on numerous occasions, dubbing it a wilful obstruction of the commission in the performance of its functions.
This, according to Hofmeyr, exposed Myeni's disrespect of the inquiry and would affect future proceedings and may deter future whistle-blowers from coming forward.
Hofmeyr asked Zondo to lay a charge against Myeni for breaching an act that states any person who intentionally interrupts, hinders or obstructs the commission shall be guilty of an offence.
This offence could see Myeni liable for a fine or even imprisonment not exceeding six months, possibly even both.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that speaking at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, Myeni exposed the identity of 'Mr X', despite the commission having issued an order to protect him.
Myeni had been probed over testimony put forward by Mr X, who had claimed that the two of them had looted millions from Mhlatuze Water during her time as board chair.
When asked about testimony that Mr X had received money from Myeni's son's company, Myeni exposed the witness:
“I am not going to talk to issues that pertain to what the so-called Mr X said because of the fear that has been presented before you, Chair. This is an honest man that I have known for over 25 years."
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo had opted to protect the identities of certain witnesses, many of whom fear for their safety, but this did little to prevent Myeni from spilling the beans.
Zondo had attempted to interject and prevent Myeni from continuing, reminding her that:
“Ms Myeni, I am controlling the proceedings in the commission.”
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