State capture inquiry: Hearings postponed until further notice

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The commission of inquiry into state capture has postponed public hearings until further notice.

An official statement released by the commission, which is overseen by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, read:

“The hearings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State that were supposed to be held on 12 September 2018 at 10:00 are postponed until further notice.

The commission will tomorrow Wednesday 12 September 2018 pronounce its programme forward.”

This abrupt break in proceedings comes at a time when staunch political figures, both past and present, are being called to testify before the commission.

State capture inquiry: Duduzane Zuma due to testify

On Monday, Zondo received word that Duduzane Zuma, son of former president Jacob Zuma, was prepared to give evidence before the inquiry.

The startling revelation came via advocate Paul Pretorius, who is the head of the commission’s legal team. According to Pretorius, he had received a letter from Duduzane’s legal counsel, stating that their client would like to refute claims made by former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas.

Jonas alleges that the infamous Gupta brothers tried to bribe him with R600 million during an informal meeting which involved Duduzane.

President Ramaphosa not afraid to appear

President Cyril Ramaphosa has also announced his willingness to testify before the commission. Responding to a call by the Democratic Alliance (DA), which petitioned African National Congress (ANC) leaders to explain themselves before Zondo and the public, Ramaphosa said:

“We should never hide … we should go forward. It was the ANC that asked that a commission be set up. As president of ANC, I can never disassociate myself or run away from a commission that we said should be set up … We will be able, without interfering, to participate in the commission.

The people of SA deserve to know what is happening. The state belongs to the people of SA and we will be answerable to the people of SA.”

Maybe even Jacob Zuma?

The ANC’s head of presidency, Zizi Kodwa, has even called on former president Zuma to testify before the commission. Speaking to EWN, Kodwa said:

“Whether you were once a president of a republic or a premier, you must be bold enough. These allegations are quite serious. We want courageous men and women to come and state their views.”

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