Zondo accepts Duduzane Zuma’s request for cross-examination‚ rejects Guptas’

Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo has granted Duduzane Zuma leave to cross-examine former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas.

The same, however, cannot be said for Ajay and Rajesh Gupta.

Zondo said whereas Ajay and Rajesh are outside the country and are not prepared to return‚ Zuma is currently in South Africa and has changed his previous decision not to avail himself to the commission as he is facing criminal charges on the same allegations.

The Gupta brothers made a joint application to cross-examine Jonas‚ former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor and former GCIS boss Themba Maseko. The brothers said they would testify before the commission if it travelled to neutral location outside South Africa or via a video conference.

“They [Ajay and Rajesh] say that they are presently in the United Arab Emirates‚ that they have no intention of ever returning to South Africa for any reason whatsoever‚ and that the reason why in effect is that they are afraid that the Hawks will arrest them as a result of what they call incompetence on the part of the Hawks‚ and that they may be charged by the National Prosecuting Authority‚ which they say is also incompetent‚” Zondo said‚ paraphrasing a supplementary affidavit the commission received from the brothers.

“I am of the view that Ajay and Rajesh have no valid reason for not being prepared to return to South Africa and appear before this commission…

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