- Former SAA Board Chairperson Duduzile Myeni has been trying to choose which questions to answer at the State Capture Inquiry
- Evidence leader Kate Hofmeyr asked Myeni to confirm the birthday of former president Jacob Zuma
- Myeni refused to answer this question on the grounds that she may "incriminate herself"
Former SAA Board Chairperson Duduzile Myeni is trying to choose which questions to answer as she appears at the State Capture Inquiry today. When Advocate Kate Hofmeyer asked Myeni to confirm former president Jacob Zuma's birthday, she refused to answer.
According to a tweet by a South African journalist, Myeni said in response to Hofmeyer's question:
"Chairperson may I not answer on the grounds that I may incriminate myself?"
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said that it was the last day of Myeni's testimony and that he would not allow her to choose which answers to give. He also said the commission was giving her the platform to respond to allegations made against her by witnesses.
Take a look at Karyn Maughan's tweet below:
SABC News has been live-streaming the State Capture Inquiry on YouTube. In the video, Hofmeyer poses many questions to Myeni where she responds with the exact same line - "May I not answer on the grounds that I may incriminate myself?"
EWN reported that Zondo told Myeni she was not allowed to pick and choose answers if there were no reasonable grounds.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Zondo clamped down on Myeni on the last day of testimony. Zondo made it clear that he would decide if and when Dudu Myeni could invoke her privilege to remain silent.
In addition to this, Myeni may well be facing serious charges laid against her by the inquiry. 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.
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