Pravin Gordhan and Dali Mpofu Butt Heads at Zondo Commission, Again

Pravin Gordhan and Dali Mpofu Butt Heads at Zondo Commission, Again

- Minister of Public Enterprises and Advocate Dali Mpofu had yet another spat at the Zondo Commission

- Gordhan was cross-examined before the Commission on Tuesday, 23 March where Mpofu appeared to air some major frustrations

- Mpofu, towards the end of the session, told both Gordhan and Michelle le Roux to "shut up", forcing Zondo to step in

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Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan appeared before the Zondo Commission on Tuesday, 23 March. The session was chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo and Advocate Dali Mpofu represented former SARS' Commissioner Tom Moyane.

The session concluded on a heated note as Mpofu was heard yelling "shut up" at Michelle le Roux, who represented Gordhan. Gordhan had answered a question about allegations of racism earlier and Le Roux brought it up again.

Zondo stated that he did not need to hear Gordhan's explanation once more but the minister asked if he could comment on the matter. Mpofu objected and Le Roux began to explain why she wanted Gordhan to respond again. This caused frustration on Mpofu's side.

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Pravin Gordhan and Dali Mpofu butt heads once again at Zondo Commission
Pravin Gordhan's cross-examination at the Zondo Commission ended on a heated note after a comment by Advocate Dali Mpofu. Image: Halden Krog/Bloomberg and SIPHIWE SIBEKO/AFP
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According to News24, Mpofu wanted both Le Roux and Gordhan to "shut up" as he still had the floor. Zondo stepped in and reminded Mpofu that he was in charge before allowing Le Roux to explain why she wanted Gordhan to speak.

Mpofu reportedly revealed after the session that he was not happy about how he was treated.

A report by TimesLIVE stated that during the session Gordhan denied any corrupt activities with the Gupta family.

In other Zondo Commission-related news, reported that former president Jacob Zuma's answering affidavit to the State Capture Commission for the application of contempt of court charge at the Constitutional Court was due on 8 March. Reports say that Zuma has missed this deadline.

The former president is refusing to appear before the Commission due to Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. Zuma wishes to have Zondo recuse himself from the Commission before he appears.

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In other news about Zuma, reported that he hosted another tea party at Nkandla and this time his guests were the ANC Women's League.

His daughter, Duduzile, documented part of the meeting and uploaded a picture to Twitter.

"A very productive engagement. Judging from the posture, it appears like it was a tell-it-all from the Union Buildings of Inkandla. “Be assured, ANC comes first to me” - the words of Wiseman, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Mhlanganyelwa kaGcinamazwi Zuma."

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