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2018-08-21 09:18

Treasury's chief procurement officer Willie Ndleleni Mathebula is expected to be the first witness to testify at the commission of inquiry into state capture, at the start of proceedings on day two.

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#StateCaptureInquiry: First witness to testify on Day 2 

Treasury’s chief procurement officer Willie Ndleleni Mathebula will be the first witness to testify at the commission of inquiry into state capture, sitting in Johannesburg, on Tuesday.

Mathebula is expected to speak on government procurement processes.

The inquiry is investigating allegations of undue influence by the politically connected Gupta family on members of the executive and at state-owned entities.

The commission has confirmed the names of at least eight witnesses who will be called to testify during the first sitting of the public hearings that are expected go on for three to six weeks, depending on evidence led. 



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OPINION: 

Winning the war against state capture 

(By Mpumelelo Mkhabela)

Had it been a military war, the near-defeat of South Africa would have been clear to all its citizens and throughout the world. The casualties would have left survivors and observers shocked.

We would have dominated global news headlines. Scars on the landscape and the trauma on the collective psyche of the nation would have characterised the post-war era. And our lacklustre escape from the jaws of defeat would have dented national confidence.

However, those from within the Republic who would have been entrusted with its defence, but had used their access to its artillery and intelligence to help the enemy in exchange for mere short-term pleasures, would have been charged with treason. They would be languishing in jail.


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Who is Judge Raymond Zondo? 

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo was thrust in the limelight on Monday when the much-anticipated commission of inquiry into state capture kicked off.

Under his lead, the commission is expected to uncover the details of allegations of state capture, a mammoth task given the extent of corruption in recent years.

Is Zondo up to the task?

The 58-year-old was chosen to replace Justice Dikgang Moseneke as deputy chief justice of the Constitutional Court when the latter retired in 2017. He has been a judge in the Constitutional Court since 2012, before which he was in an acting position for one year.

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ICYMI: 

State capture inquiry: how we got here 

In March 2016, then deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas released a statement to "clarify certain questions", following reports that he had met with the Gupta family just weeks before Nhlanhla Nene was fired as finance minister by former president Jacob Zuma.

Jonas' astonishing revelation was the first in a series of explosive claims made by several officials and party members whose claims placed Zuma and his close associates at the centre of allegations of a well-orchestrated plan to loot taxpayers' money through the country's state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

He claimed that members of the influential Gupta family had offered him R600m, starting with R600 000 in cash, if he took Nene's job. Nene, who was reappointed finance minister in February by Zuma's successor Cyril Ramaphosa, was removed from the portfolio on December 9, 2015, in favour of the lesser known Des Van Rooyen.





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Two finance ministers Zuma fired to testify at state capture inquiry 

Two of the finance ministers who Jacob Zuma fired during his time as South Africa's president are expected to testify at the state capture commission of inquiry.

Head of legal services, Paul Pretorius SC, told the commission that current Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and current Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene were expected to form part of the list of witnesses. 

The others include former deputy minister Mcebisi Jonas, former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor and former GCIS CEO Themba Maseko.

Nene was removed by Zuma in December 2015, just 19 months into the job, on the basis of a promise that he would head up a new African regional centre of the Brics Development Bank.

His axing at the time - to make way for then little-known MP Des van Rooyen - caused the rand to decline in value against the dollar and it became known as "Nenegate".


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ANC urges members to come forward with state capture evidence, even if comrades will be implicated 

The ANC has urged members who have evidence related to state capture to be "bold and courageous" and to make submissions to the commission of inquiry even if they implicate their comrades.

Head of the party's presidency Zizi Kodwa told News24 ahead of the beginning of the inquiry on Monday that the commission was crucial for the party to rebuild a broken relationship of trust between it and the public. 

"Those who have made allegations loudly in public should be bold and courageous and use this important platform to come forward with evidence for the sake of the country. We need to get to the bottom of the allegations," Kodwa said.

"It includes ANC members and ANC leaders, regardless who is involved," he said. 


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Zuma, Guptas bring legal muscle on first day of state capture inquiry 

Legal representatives for various members of the Zuma and Gupta families were in strong attendance as the first day of the State Capture Commission of Inquiry got underway on Monday.

News24 observed attorney Rudi Krause of BDK Attorneys, who represents Duduzane Zuma and other Gupta associates in the ongoing Estina dairy farm matter.

Former president Jacob Zuma's legal "dream team" - advocates Mike Hellens SC, Dawie Joubert SC, Muzi Sikhakane SC and Thabani Masuku SC - were in attendance. 

Advocate Jaap Cilliers SC was seated with Zuma's representatives. He is representing businessman Fana Hlongwane.



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ICYMI: 

The state capture inquiry: what you need to know 

The much anticipated judicial commission of inquiry into state capture, the Guptas, former president Jacob Zuma and his son, Duduzane, commences on Monday. News24's cheat sheet puts you squarely in the picture.

What is the Zondo Commission of Inquiry? 

It is a judicial commission of inquiry instituted by then president Jacob Zuma on 23 January 2018 to investigate allegations of state capture. It is led by deputy chief justice Ray Zondo.

What has it been mandated to do?

The official proclamation of the commission in the Government Gazette instructs the commission to inquire, investigate and make recommendations into any and all allegations of state capture, corruption and fraud in the public sector.

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